Children’s minister: ‘Most social care duty exemptions no longer needed’

The government has told councils that most exemptions from children’s social care duties introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic are no longer required. But the laws will remain in place until the end of September as planned and councils can still relax their duties to vulnerable children when they have “strong justification”, children’s minister Vicky Ford has said. Some restrictions may also be extended beyond September, the government has confirmed.

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