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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1998 - SECT 44

Secretary may assume care responsibility of child or young person in hospital or other premises

44 Secretary may assume care responsibility of child or young person in hospital or other premises

(1) If the Secretary:
(a) suspects on reasonable grounds that a child or young person is at risk of serious harm, and
(b) is satisfied that it is not in the best interests of the child or young person that the child or young person be removed from the premises in which he or she is currently located,
the Secretary may, instead of removing the child or young person from the premises under a power of removal conferred by or under this Act, assume the care responsibility of the child or young person by means of an order in writing, signed by the Secretary and served on the person (whether or not a parent of the child or young person) who appears to the Secretary to be in charge of the premises.
(2) An order under this section does not cease to have effect merely because the child or young person to whom it relates is transferred to different premises.



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