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.
The Coronavirus Act 2020, which introduces measures allowing public bodies across the UK to provide an effective response to the Covid-19 epidemic, has been approved by both Houses of Parliament and received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020. Here are details about what the bill will do and a summary of the Bill's impact. [latest update: 26 March 2020].
CoramBAAF have produced the following documents to assist members in understanding the impact of this legislation:
- The relevance of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to family placement work [Version 1: 31 March 2020]
- Obtaining Court Records for Access to Information and Intermediary work during the Covid-19 pandemic [Version 1: 31 March 2020]
- Unlawful placements, unregulated placements and 'other arrangements' [Version 1: 14 April 2020]
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. [last checked: 9 April 2020]. 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’.
Article 39 have set out their concerns regarding The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. [Added 27 April 2020]