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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1998 - SECT 5A

Meaning of "principal officer"

5A Meaning of "principal officer"

(1) In this Act, the
"principal officer" of a designated agency means:
(a) in the case of a designated agency that does not provide or arrange voluntary out-of-home care--the person who has the overall supervision of the agency's arrangements for providing statutory out-of-home care and supported out-of-home care, or
(b) in the case of any other designated agency:
(i) the person who has the overall supervision of the agency's arrangements for providing statutory out-of-home care and supported out-of-home care, and
(ii) if a different person has the overall supervision of the agency's arrangements for providing and arranging voluntary out-of-home care--that other person.
(2) In this Act, the
"principal officer" of a registered agency means the person who has the overall supervision of the agency's arrangements for providing and arranging voluntary out-of-home care.
(3) If more than one person is the principal officer of a designated agency under subsection (1) (b), any reference in this or any other Act to the principal officer of the designated agency is a reference to each of those persons, unless the reference:
(a) relates only to statutory out-of-home care or supported out-of-home care (or both), in which case it is a reference to the person referred to in subsection (1) (b) (i), or
(b) relates only to voluntary out-of-home care, in which case it is a reference to the person referred to in subsection (1) (b) (ii).
(4) Anything done by, or with the approval of, the principal officer of a designated agency or a registered agency in relation to out-of-home care is, for the purposes of this Act and the regulations, taken to be done by the designated agency or registered agency concerned.
(5) Nothing in subsection (4) affects any personal liability of the principal officer.



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