Fostering legislation in Northern Ireland

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Fostering is a devolved issue in the UK. Legislation about care and foster care therefore varies across the UK. In Northern Ireland, the main legislative body is the Northern Ireland Assembly. There is a wide range of law and guidance that has relevance for foster care in Northern Ireland.

The links below are a starting point to the laws and guidance relating to fostered children and young people in Northern Ireland, rather than a comprehensive list.

Legislation

The Arrangements for Placement of Children (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 – available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1996/453/contents/made

The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 – available at www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/1995/755/contents/made

The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 – available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1996/452/made

The Foster Placement (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 – available at www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1996/467/contents/made

The Placement of Children with Parents etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 – available at www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1996/463/contents/made

The Representations Procedure (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 – available at www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1996/451/contents/made

The Review of Children's Cases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 – available at www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1996/461/contents/made

Children (Leaving Care) Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 – available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nia/2002/11/contents

The Children Leaving Care Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 – available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2005/221/contents/made

Guidance

Guidance & Regulations Volume 3 - Family Placements and Private Fostering - available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/dhssps/childrenorder1995-vol3.pdf

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