This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force the day after notification in the Gazette, prescribe—
criteria that the Secretary for Justice must apply in deciding whether to approve organisations as approved counselling organisations under section 46K of the Care of Children Act 2004 (the Act):
grounds on which the Secretary can suspend or cancel the approval of an organisation as an approved counselling organisation:
qualification and competency requirements that the Secretary and approved counselling organisations must apply in deciding whether people are qualified and competent to provide counselling services under the Act (and can thus be appointed as counsellors):
temporary qualification and competency requirements (already being a counsellor under the Family Proceedings Act 1980, and having no adverse information held by the Secretary) so that for 9 months after the commencement of the regulations existing counsellors can easily be reappointed:
matters that disqualify people from appointment as counsellors.
Date of notification in Gazette: 24 October 2013.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.