Consultation outcome

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

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Detail of outcome

We received 189 responses to the consultation.

The majority of responses supported proposals to maintain flexibilities on the timing of medical reports in the foster carer and adopter assessment processes, the use of virtual visits, and the continued suspension of the regular cycle of Ofsted inspections of children’s services providers.

On the basis of responses to the consultation, the government will allow the majority of temporary flexibilities to lapse on 25 September and extend a small number of flexibilities for use to March 2021.

Original consultation


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

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

We’d like your views on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 that were introduced to provide local authorities and children’s social care providers with temporary flexibilities during coronavirus (COVID-19).

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 consultation document sets out:

  • the reason the amendments to the regulations were needed
  • what we have been doing to monitor the use of the flexibilities
  • the regulations we would like to lapse on 25 September
  • detail on the regulations we propose to extend
Published 16 July 2020
Last updated 8 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect all responses received by email as well as responses received directly through the online platform. This does not make a significant difference to the outcome of the consultation.

  2. Added consultation response, equalities impact assessment and children's rights impact assessment.

  3. First published.