Children in care are at risk from “unjustified” rules that have stripped back visits and inspections during the pandemic, a watchdog is warning – calling for them to be revoked immediately.
In an interview with The Independent, Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said the country’s most vulnerable youngsters were now less protected, including from sexual abuse by grooming gangs.
Emergency regulations, which water down certain safeguards regarding children in care, were introduced to help councils cope with coronavirus. They are due to stay in place until at least September, but Ms Longfield said: “I think they should be revoked now – I don’t think they are necessary or justified.”
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