To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been placed in fostering for adoption placement under section 22C(9B)(c) of the Children Act 1989 without the approval of a nominated officer since The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 24 April 2020; and how many of those children were aged a) under 12 months, (b) 1-4 years, (c) 5-9 years, (d) 10-15 years and (e) 16 years and over.
The information is not available in the form requested. The department is engaging with a range of stakeholders, including monthly calls with local authorities, to seek information on how the Adoption and Children (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 are being used. This process will inform my statement to Parliament on the Regulations before summer recess. The Regulations should only be used when absolutely necessary, and ongoing analysis indicates that they are being used infrequently.