The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 were introduced on 24th April and have significant implications for family placement work in England.
There is Department for Education guidance on coronavirus and vulnerable children and young people and guidance for local authorities on children’s social care.
We have produced documents that we hope will be helpful to practitioners delivering services in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Government Expectations around using Coronavirus “Flexibilities”
- 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