More than 180,000 children across the UK are raised by kinship carers. Increasing numbers of special guardianship orders (SGOs) are being made at the conclusion of care proceedings in England & Wales. But understanding of the law relevant to kinship care and of special guardianship varies, as does practice.
This session will set out the wider legal framework relevant to kinship care before discussing:
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- Relevant guidance and case law – including the family and friends care statutory guidance for local authorities, special guardianship statutory guidance and the Public Law Working Group SGO best practice guidance.
- Some key messages from research and from those with lived experience of kinship care.
- Local authority duties relating to assessment and provision of support services for special guardians and the children they raise, including financial support.
- Special guardianship support plans and use of supervision orders with SGOs.
Caroline Lynch, principal legal adviser, Family Rights Group