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. We have also produced our own summary of changes below.
We have produced the following documents to assist sector practitioners in understanding the impact of coronavirus-related legislation:
- Summary of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
- The relevance of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to family placement work
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Briefing
- Obtaining Court Records for Access to Information and Intermediary work during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Unlawful placements, unregulated placements and 'other arrangements'
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’.
Article 39 have set out their concerns regarding The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. [Added 27 April 2020]