Support for special guardians
Support for special guardians

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Support for special guardians
  • Support for special guardians
  • Assessment of needs
  • Financial support

Support for special guardians

Under the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), local authorities have an obligation to make arrangements for the provision of support for special guardians. The support may be either counselling, advice and information or such other services, including financial support as are prescribed by regulation.

The services that are prescribed in the Special Guardianship Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1109 and the Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1513 are ones that:

  1. enable relevant children, the special guardians or prospective special guardians and parents of relevant children to discuss matters relating to special guardianship

  2. provide help including mediation services in relation to contact arrangements

  3. provide services in relation to the therapeutic needs of the relevant child and assistance to ensure the continuation of the relationship of the child and a special guardian or prospective special guardian including training for the person to meet any special needs of the child

  4. provide respite care

  5. provide mediation in relation to a special guardianship order (SGO)

Relevant child

A relevant child is one in respect of whom:

  1. an SGO has been made; or

  2. someone has given notice that they intend to apply for an SGO for the child; or

  3. the court is considering making an SGO and has requested a local authority report

Prospective special guardian

A prospective special guardian is a person: