Children First Act 2015

15.

Authorised persons

15. (1) The chief executive officer of the Agency shall authorise in writing such member or members of staff of the Agency as he or she considers appropriate for the purposes of receiving reports under section 14 and such person or persons shall, in this Act, be referred to as an authorised person or authorised persons.

(2) An authorised person shall be deemed to be duly appointed to be a designated officer within the meaning of the Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 and the provisions of that Act apply to the authorised person in his or her capacity as such a designated officer accordingly.

(3) Where an authorised person receives a report under section 14 , he or she shall forward, or cause to be forwarded, an acknowledgement in writing stating the date of receipt of the report to the mandated person or persons who made the report.