Charity blasts legislation relaxing duties to children in care under Covid-19 as ‘destroying safeguards’

Article 39 accuses government of using Covid-19 as an excuse for revisiting attempts to allow councils to opt out of statutory responsibilities. A children’s rights charity has slammed legislation to relax councils’ social care duties during the pandemic as a move by government to use coronavirus to “destroy children’s safeguards”.
In a statement issued last night, Carolyne Willow, the director of Article 39, said new statutory instrument – published yesterday and implemented today – amounted to “deregulation on steroids”.

The legislation, which relaxes a range of duties relating to children in care – including around visits by social workers and independent reviews – bypasses the convention that statutory instruments sit before Parliament for 21 days before coming into force. It remains in force until 25 September 2020 but can be extended by a further statutory instrument. Read more.