Government consultation on whether to continue relaxing children’s social care a ‘shambles’ |

England is the only part of the UK to have amended children’s social care regulations during the pandemic.

Relaxations that will continue after 25 September, based on the consultation findings, are the time taken for medical information in fostering and adoption assessments; use of virtual visits and extended time between Ofsted visits of children’s homes.

The Covid-related easements are not the first time the government has caused controversy over children’s rights. The 2017 Children and Social Work bill proposed relaxing some children’s social care duties to allow local authorities to innovate and try out different ways of working.
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