The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 were introduced on 24th April and have significant implications for family placement work in England.
The Department for Education (DfE) published guidance for children’s social care services. This includes updated guidance on fostering and adoption.
We have produced the following documents that we hope will be helpful to practitioners delivering services in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Managing introductions and the placement of children with their prospective adopters
- Obtaining Court Records for Access to Information and Intermediary work during the Covid-19 pandemic
We have also developed stage 1 and 2 agreement forms to accompany PAR forms (England) for use during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Stage One Agreement Form to accompany PAR during coronavirus pandemic [Updated 11 May 2020]
- Stage Two Assessment Plan Agreement Form to accompany PAR during coronavirus pandemic [Updated 11 May 2020]
The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have not made any changes to Regulation 30F or Schedule 4A so the timescales set out for assessments of foster carers wishing to adopt a child in their care or a second time adopter have not changed. However as the ways that agencies are engaging with prospective adopters during the coronavirus pandemic have changed we have amended the Assessment Agreement for Regulation 30F assessments to reflect the likely use of virtual meetings and training during the assessment process:
- Assessment agreement for Reg 30F Assessment to accompany CoramBAAF Form PAR (England) 2018 during coronavirus pandemic
We acknowledge that agencies may want to take a view about whether they progress to presenting an assessment to panel or the ADM when there has been no face to face meetings.
The Department for Education has provided some general practice guidance for local authorities on children’s social care that includes a section that is specific to adoption. [Published: 3 April 2020]
Adoption UK has provided information for adoptive families to help them cope during the Coronavirus outbreak. [Published: 7 April 2020]
The Department for Education has announced further money for the Adoption Support Fund during the coronavirus crisis and set up a temporary Covid-19 scheme. It has also provided answers to some frequently asked questions about its operation during the coronavirus crisis. [Updated 27 April 2020]
The Consortium for Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) has sent a letter to Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, regarding the impact of the Coronavirus on voluntary adoption agencies. [Letter sent 19 March 2020]
The Tavistock and Portman clinic have written a piece on Doing Remote Systemic Psychotherapy [Published: 3 April 2020]