3. The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 2, the following section:
—(1) The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint an officer to be the Director of Social Welfare.
(2) The Director shall be responsible for the administration and enforcement of this Act, subject to the general or special directions of the Minister.
(3) The Director may —
appoint any public officer; or
with the approval of the Minister, in writing authorise any other person,
to perform any of the duties or exercise any of the powers of the Director or a protector under this Act or any regulations made thereunder, subject to such conditions and limitations as may be specified by the Director.
(4) The Director may appoint any suitably qualified person as an approved welfare officer to carry out any investigation, assessment, supervision, consultation or evaluation in relation to any child or young person or the parent, guardian or family members thereof for the purpose of determining the welfare and state of development of such child or young person or for any other purpose under this Act.
(5) The Director and any public officer or other person appointed or authorised by him under subsection (3) and any approved welfare officer shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of the Penal Code (Cap. 224).”.