LATEST NEWS: The Department for Education (DfE) published guidance for children’s social care services on 6 May. This includes updated guidance on fostering and adoption.

Covid-19 is one of the most significant threats to have occurred to the human species in generations and poses fundamental questions about the protection and survival of individuals and societies across the world. 

Children’s services have a duty and responsibility to continue to provide safety and support to vulnerable children. This includes child placement services and specifically foster care, adoption and special guardianship. 

The Department for Education has provided some general practice guidance for local authorities on children’s social care and guidance on vulnerable children and young people to assist the sector during the pandemic.  

In this section we have set out guidance on a range of issues divided into the key areas of practice - adoptionfosteringfamily placementhealth and legal - and will be updated regularly. 

AFA Scotland have developed information that is relevant for practitioners in Scotland, and AFA Cymru for practitioners in Wales.