Children Act 2001

Availability of child for preparation of report.

101

101.—(1) ( a) Where a court remands a child on bail to enable any report requested pursuant to this Part to be prepared, it may order—

(i) that in the meantime—

(I) the child shall reside at the residence of his or her parents, guardian, an adult relative or other adult who has undertaken to the court to care for the child, or

(II) where the child is already residing in a children’s residential centre to which Part VIII of the Act of 1991 applies or in some other suitable place, the child shall continue to do so,

and

(ii) that the child shall, for the purpose of facilitating the preparation of the report, attend, as the case may be—

(I) at the residence, centre or other suitable place, or

(II) at any day centre or other place specified in the order.

( b) The time of the first such attendance at a day centre or other place shall be determined in accordance with subsection (3) and be specified in the order.

( c) The times of subsequent attendances shall be determined in accordance with that subsection—

(i) in the case of such attendances at a day centre, by the person preparing the report, or

(ii) in the case of such attendances at another place, by the person in charge of that other place.

(2) An order under subsection (1)(a)(ii)(II) shall not be made unless the court is satisfied that the day centre or other place in question is reasonably accessible to the child concerned, having regard to the child’s age, the means of access available to him or her and any other relevant circumstances.

(3) The times at which a child is required to attend at a day centre or other place pursuant to this section shall be determined having regard to the child’s circumstances and shall be those—

( a) at which the centre or place is available for that purpose, and

( b) which are such as to avoid interference, as far as practicable, with any school or work schedules of the child.