The Children’s Commissioner for England has called on the government to revoke the “unnecessary” relaxation of regulations designed to protect the country’s most vulnerable children

Anne Longfield has called on ministers to reinstate local authorities’ full statutory duties changed by the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 which came into force on 24 April, bypassing the 21-day consultation rule. Longfield said: “I would like to see all the regulations revoked, as I do not believe that there is sufficient justification to introduce them. This crisis must not remove protections from extremely vulnerable children, particularly as they are even more vulnerable at this time.”

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