Coram Voice supports the campaign to Scrap Statutory Instrument 445, otherwise known as ‘The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’.
On 24 April 2020 without notice, consultation or Parliamentary debate, 65 safeguards for children in care were removed or changed. As an organisation, Coram Voice stated concern for the amendment and has now joined Article 39 and other child care organisation in a campaign called ‘Scrap S.I. 445’.
The campaign calls for:
- The withdrawal of Statutory Instrument 445.
- Any proposed changes to the law affecting children genuinely connected to COVID-19 to be transparent about the reasons why and subject to open consultation and parliamentary scrutiny. We understand that timescales for these democratic processes may have to be tighter than usual during the current health crisis.
Leader of the opposition, Keir Starmer MP, has tabled a motion to annul Statutory Instrument 445. If enough MPs add their name, it could be scrapped altogether.
We are calling on people to please ask their MP to add their name to the campaign and help annul Statutory Instrument 445.