Minister backs plans to relax council duties to vulnerable children

The government will not row back on plans to relax local authorities’ statutory duties to vulnerable young people, including care leavers, children’s minister Vicky Ford has said. Answering questions from the Education Select Committee, Ford said that during this “unprecedented time” there would be “focus on giving flexibility to lower risk areas, so that local authorities can focus on core safeguarding areas”. The minister said, during the first-ever Education Select Committee meeting to be held remotely, that new guidance on the legislation is set to be released “shortly” yet did not give a specific timeframe for this. Read more.