Support for special guardians

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

  • Support for special guardians
  • Support for special guardians
  • Relevant child
  • Prospective special guardian
  • Which local authority has responsibility for providing support?
  • Assessment of needs
  • Procedure for assessment
  • Financial support
  • Former foster parents
  • Payment of financial support
  • More...

Support for special guardians

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 Special Guardianship Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1109, reg 3(1) as amended sets out the following range of prescribed services as special guardianship support services:

  1. financial support payable under the Special Guardianship Regulations 2005, Chapter 2;

  2. services to enable groups of

    1.  relevant children

    2. special guardians

    3. prospective special guardians, and

    4. parents of relevant children

    to discuss matters relating to special guardianship

  3. assistance, including mediation services, in relation to arrangements for contact between a relevant child and

    1. their parent or a relative of the child, or

    2. any other person with whom such a child has a relationship which appears to the local authority to be beneficial to the welfare of the child having regard to the factors specified inChA 1989, s 1(3)

  4. services in relation to the therapeutic needs of a relevant child

  5. assistance for the purpose of ensuring the continuance of the relationship between a relevant child and a special guardian or prospective special guardian, including:

    1. training for that person to meet any special needs of that child

    2. respite care (save respite care which consists of the provision

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