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.
At the outset of the pandemic it was hoped that the crisis would be resolved within months, but that has not proved to be the case. It has been an ever changing situation in terms of the impact of the virus, and the policy and legal response, and that continues to be the case.
Over the period CoramBAAF has produced guidance on a range of family placement issues divided into the key areas of practice - adoption, fostering, family placement, health 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.