Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Closed 5 Aug 2020

Opened 16 Jul 2020


We are seeking views on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Why your views matter

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to present significant challenges to the country, including the way children’s social care services are delivered. The amendments are temporary and will expire on 25 September 2020, we would like to extend a small number of these to manage future challenges. 

The first part of the document sets out the reason the amendments to the regulations were needed and what we have been doing to monitor the use of the flexibilities. The subsequent parts of the document sets out the regulations we would like to lapse and detail on those we propose to extend.

What happens next

The results of the consultation and the Department's response will be published on GOV.UK in Autumn 2020.


  • Local authorities
  • Young people
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services


  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Advocacy (Looked after children)
  • Care leavers and former looked-after children
  • Financial support (Looked after children)
  • Friends and family care
  • Health and wellbeing (Looked after children)
  • Programmes and initiatives (Looked after children)
  • Short break care
  • Social care standards and guidance
  • Special guardianship
  • Support in education
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Safeguarding disabled children
  • Social workers' standards