Support

As soon as you contact us, we'll let you know about all the support available for Special Guardians - whatever your situation.

There is education and health support for your child, as well as advice on managing behaviour at home and at school. We'll let you know the dates of training and support groups as well as fun events for all the family.

Please take a look at the different areas where we can help you, and please call us if you need to.

What support will I receive?

If your child was looked after by the local authority before the Special Guardianship Order was made, you are entitled to ask to be assessed for a range of support services including financial support.

The agreed support services are then written into the child's Special Guardianship Support Plan.

Each local authority in the NLAFC has a Special Guardianship team or a Special Guardianship social worker who you can contact to find out more. The services they provide include advice, support visits, help with contact arrangements and support groups. Details of training and events for Special Guardians are listed under the Events page on this website, and in our Special Guardianship Support leaflet. 

The NLAFC also provide a range of services for Special Guardians through PAC-UK, a voluntary agency for adoption and permanency support with additional knowledge of special guardianship. These services include:

  • An advice line for general queries, advice and information
  • An advice line for education queries, advice and information. Education advice sessions for special guardians to seek help.
  • Counselling for Special Guardians

The Consortium provides training for new and existing Special Guardians - see our training information page.