The Social Services Appeals Panel has the following powers and duties:
(a) To review in accordance with the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991 the keeping of children in secure accommodation;
(b) In accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983, to decide whether to discharge patients from guardianship;
(c) In accordance with procedures and guidance given under the Children Act 1989 and the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990, and when requested to do so by a dissatisfied complainant, to review decisions made relating to complaints.
Note: Appeals Panels reviewing the keeping of a child in secure accommodation will be chaired by an Independent Person. Appeals hearing complaints under the Children Act 1989 and the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 will comprise 3 Independent Persons.