The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 were introduced on 24th April and have significant implications for family placement work in England. CoramBAAF have produced a summary of the changes, and the full regulations can be found here.

CoramBAAF have also produced the following documents that we hope will be helpful to practitioners delivering services in the context of 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:

In addition, you may find the following external links useful: 

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]