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Covid-19 is one of the most significant threats to humans in generations and has posed fundamental questions about how we protect 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. This information will be updated regularly and revisions will be made where necessary. However, as policy changes to meet the challenges of a changing situation, we are mindful of not wanting to introduce confusion to a sector that is already under considerable pressure. So, we will be keeping the situation under continuous review.  

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