Who is Special Guardianship North London?
We are the North London Consortium (NLC) - a group of six local authority agencies: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington, who work together to help and support children and families. This website is dedicated to those who have a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), or are thinking about becoming a family with a Special Guardianship Order.
Our Special Guardians website will give you lots of information about being a special guardian. There are newsletters with articles from the north London area and you can find information on the support that is available for you and your child.If you are already a Special Guardianship family, now is a great time to find out more about the training on offer from your local authority, Kinship Connected, PAC-UK and other support organisations. Visit our support page or contact your local authority support team for more information.
Important Coronavirus Update for Kinship Connected
Kinship Connected (part of Grandparents Plus) offer help and advice to special guardians all year round. This can be a programme of support for yourself or your child along with access to local support groups and specialist professionals. You can also contact your local authority representative for help too.
The Kinship Connected support service are committed to supporting kinship care families through this uncertain time resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. In order to keep kinship families, staff and volunteers safe they have suspended face-to-face work until further notice. However, their project workers are still available by phone or email and can be contacted as follows:
Maxine – Barnet, Camden, Enfield & Islington: 07931 158376 or [email protected]
Samantha – Hackney & Haringey: 07949 055120 or [email protected]
Their expert advice service is open as usual too and can be contacted:
- by phone on: 0300 123 7015
- online at: https://www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/forms/advice
- or by email: [email protected]
Furthermore, whilst they are not able to run support groups at the moment, all carers are invited to join their kinship community of over 6,500 carers as a great way to stay in touch and connect with others. You can join, regardless of your legal order, for free via this link: Kinship Community
The Kinship Community is a great place for sharing tips from other carers during these difficult times, including how to keep the children occupied. Further information will also be available shortly about the local Whatsapp or Messenger groups they will be setting up, if they don’t already exist. You can also access their main national Facebook page www.facebook.com/Grandparentsplusinfo/ for updates and opportunities to connect with others.
There's some great training available at the moment for SG families.
There's Telling Difficult Stories with trainer Judith Ellis and how to manage Contact. You can speak with local support team about these and other training, including the Great Behaviour Breakdown, Mindfulness for Special Guardians, Body and Soul and more.
Click here to find out more.
You can attend training in any of the six boroughs regardless of where you live.
If you need some one2one support or timeout with other SG families who understand your experiences, please contact the Kinship Connected team.
Please contact Maxine from the Kinship Connected team on 07931 158376