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Government consults on extending Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Department for Education is consulting on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 that were introduced to provide local authorities and children's social care providers with temporary flexibilities during coronavirus (COVID-19).

The amendments are temporary and will expire on 25 September 2020, but the Government would like to extend a number of these "to manage future challenges".

The consultation document sets out:

The DfE proposes that any regulations that are kept in place beyond 25 September should remain in place until 31 March 2021 so that they remain in place throughout the autumn and winter when, it says, the challenges presented by coronavirus (COVID-19 ) may be higher and to align with previously announced proposals on the reintroduction of routine inspections.

The consultation closes on 5 August 2020. For the consultation document, click here.