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Duties to report

Section 128 of the SSWA 2014 requires a 'relevant partner' of a local authority (as defined in section 162) to inform the authority if they suspect a person in its area is an adult at risk (or if the person is in the area of another local authority, to inform that other authority). It also requires a local authority to inform another local authority (in Wales or in England) if an adult they suspect to be at risk is living or moving to the area of that other authority.

Section 130 of the SSWA 2014 requires a 'relevant partner' of a local authority (a youth offending team for any area of which falls within the area of the local authority or a relevant partner as defined in section 162) to inform the authority if they suspect that a child in its area is a child at risk (or if the child is in the area of another local authority, to inform that other authority).

A child at risk is one who is experiencing or is at risk of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm( ), and has care and support needs. Section 130 also requires a local authority to inform another local authority (in Wales or in England) if a child they suspect to be at risk is living or moving to the area of that other authority.

Section 130 of the SSWA 2014 is, in part, a restatement of the duty in paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 to the Children Act 1989, which no longer applies in relation to local authorities in Wales.

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