Child Care Act, 1991


45.—(1) (a) Where a child leaves the care of a health board, the board may, in accordance with subsection (2), assist him for so long as the board is satisfied as to his need for assistance and, subject to paragraph (b), he has not attained the age of 21 years.

(b) Where a health board is assisting a person in accordance with subsection (2) (b), and that person attains the age of 21 years, the board may continue to provide such assistance until the completion of the course of education in which he is engaged.

(2) A health board may assist a person under this section in one or more of the following ways—

(a) by causing him to be visited or assisted;

(b) by arranging for the completion of his education and by contributing towards his maintenance while he is completing his education;

(c) by placing him in a suitable trade, calling or business and paying such fee or sum as may be requisite for that purpose;

(d) by arranging hostel or other forms of accommodation for him;

(e) by co-operating with housing authorities in planning accommodation for children leaving care on reaching the age of 18 years.

(3) Any arrangement made by a health board under section 55 (4) or (5) of the Health Act, 1953 , in force immediately before the commencement of this section shall continue in force as if made under this section.

(4) In providing assistance under this section, a health board shall comply with any general directions given by the Minister.