From the Department for Education:
We recognise it is proving challenging for local authorities and providers to meet the full range of statutory duties relating to child protection, safeguarding and care during the coronavirus (COVID-19).
I am therefore pleased to announce that the Department for Education is making temporary changes to ten sets of children’s social care regulations to introduce greater flexibility for local authorities and providers operating under these challenging circumstances.
The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 will enable you to maintain a strong focus on core responsibilities and duties relating to child protection and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, without compromising statutory obligations.
– ease administrative burdens
– enable visits and contact to take place remotely
– relax strict timescales, where possible
– enable fostering services to identify new emergency placements and bring in new carers to support the capacity in the sector
Please note, these changes will come into force on 24 April and will be kept under review and remain in force until the Coronavirus Act renewal date on 25 September 2020. A full breakdown of these changes can be viewed on legislation.gov.uk.