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.
The Department has also published guidance on new three-tier covid system and how it impacts adoption and fostering practice in England.
We have produced documents that we hope will be helpful to practitioners delivering services in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Summary of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
- Definition of visits, interviews and meetings
- The impact of coronavirus on children and young people who were or are in care
- Key Issues for Agencies in Developing Best Practice for Adoption and Fostering Panel Virtual Meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Practitioners should also be aware of the guidance from DBS that sets out some temporary changes to identification checking guidelines which includes fast-tracking emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) has issued guidance on obtaining overseas assessments during coronavirus