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.
There is previous Department for Education guidance on coronavirus and vulnerable children and young people [updated 1 April 2020] and guidance for local authorities on children’s social care [updated 3 April 2020].
CoramBAAF have produced documents that we hope will be helpful to practitioners delivering services in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic:
- The impact of coronavirus on children and young people who were or are in care [Version 1: 30 March 2020]
- Key Issues for Agencies in Developing best Practice for Adoption and Fostering Panel Virtual Meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic [Version 2: 7 May 2020]
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