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Changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

DfE launches consultation

The Department for Education is seeking views on its proposal to extend or amend a limited number of flexibilities within the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, in relation to Medical Reports, Virtual Visits and Ofsted Inspections.

The DfE says that the overriding objective in any amendments to the statutory framework is to enable the most effective support and protection to children and their families, by local authorities, local safeguarding partners and regulated services, within the statutory framework.

On 24 April 2020, the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force to provide local authorities (LAs) and children's social care providers with temporary flexibilities to support them during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In August 2020 the government consulted on whether to continue some of the flexibilities in the children's social care sector that came into effect in April. These were in relation to the stage of the respective approvals process for adopters and foster carers that the medical reports would be needed, virtual visits/contacts and Ofsted inspection intervals. Following the consultation, a further set of regulations were laid. These are due to elapse on 31 March 2021.

For the consultation document, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing paper on the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, their content, reaction from the sector, and the consultation, click here.