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. 

CoramBAAF Guidance

We have produced the following documents to assist sector practitioners in understanding the impact of Coronavirus-related legislation: 

External resources

The Judiciary has issued advice and guidance for Family and County Court Judges, guidance on operating a remote access family court, and a document setting out priorities in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory have reported on ‘remote hearings’ and the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has commented on that report.

HMCTS have revised the statement of priorities relating to court office work so that ‘adoption orders’ are now in the category of ‘work that will be done’.