Update on The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020:

By Anam Hassan

Previously I discussed the introduction of The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 and what this entails, also exploring the different responses to it. During August, there were a lot of discussions regarding this amendment with children’s charities and also children and young people themselves, who were allowed to raise any concerns.

As some time has gone by and acknowledgement has been given to what this new amendment means for society’s most vulnerable, the government has now given a time frame regarding how long these regulations will be in place. Authorities did say that most of the regulations introduced have rarely been applied, and if they have then under excellent management, which is reassuring to hear.

So after careful deliberation, the Government has confirmed that many of the regulations will expire after 25th September, besides medical assessments, virtual visits and Ofsted inspections, and there is no plan to extend these specific regulations beyond March 2021.

The welfare and safety of everyone involved is the utmost priority in this case, and we can only hope that the decisions made are for the benefit of all.


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