Emergency legislation relaxes councils’ statutory duties to vulnerable children

The government has introduced emergency legislation to relax local authorities’ statutory duties to vulnerable children in England until at least September.The new rules, which will come into force tomorrow (24 April), will see amendments made to 10 regulations regarding children’s social care including care proceedings, foster care and adoption arrangements. Regulations surrounding residential care including children’s homes, residential special schools and secure children’s homes will also be affected. The amendments were laid before parliament today (23 April) and will bypass the 21-day rule usually used to pass laws. Read more.