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About our campaign

NYAS is calling on UK and Welsh Governments to act swiftly to protect the rights of young people during the COVID-19 response.

We have been campaigning to see a new English law, SI 445, scrapped because it undermines children’s rights. Here is a timeline of our campaigning so far.

We are campaigning, with the support of over forty other charities and organisations in our sector, to ensure the protection and support of care-experienced children and young people is a priority at this time.

We submitted open letters addressed to the UK and Welsh Government on the 27th of March. With signatories from across the sector, we called for:

You can read our letter to the UK Government regarding England here, and the letter to the First Minister of Wales here.

In Wales, NYAS Cymru is working closely with the Welsh Government, the Education Committee and Children’s Commissioner to protect children and young people during COVID-19. We have produced a detailed report into the effect of COVID-19 on care-experienced children and young people across Wales.

In England, we received a response to our open letter from the Minister for Children and Families on 22nd April, providing reassurance that protecting vulnerable children continues to be the UK Government’s top priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full letter here.

 

#ScrapSI445 – NYAS are campaigning for the withdrawal of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations.

You can read our letter to the UK Government calling for the law’s withdrawal here. NYAS’ Head of Policy, in their role as co-chair of the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, has also written to the Children’s Minister setting out deep concerns on behalf of 40+ organisations across the sector.

On the 24th April a new statutory instrument (SI 445) came into force in England – the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. You can view the statutory instrument in full here.  NYAS has been campaigning against the new legislation as it undermines many of the safeguards that exist to protect care-experienced children and young people from harm. We were not informed of any changes despite our ongoing correspondence with Government or the statutory provision we provide as a charity.

The amendments now mean that:

These changes affect the rights of tens of thousands of children and young people currently living in care.

NYAS has also written to the Education Committee, Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, Children’s Commissioner for England, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and Statutory Instruments Select Committee, asking if they will join the campaign for this legislation to be withdrawn.

 

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