The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020 came into force on 25 September 2020. The Regulations can be accessed in full here with Department for Education guidance guidance for local authorities on children’s social care.
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
It has been agreed within the sector that agencies would usually expect at least one face-to-face meeting to have taken place before they progress to presenting an assessment to panel.
Adoption UK has provided information for adoptive families to help them cope during the Coronavirus outbreak.
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.