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Special Guardianship Orders Financial Policy Consultation

There are a number reasons why some children are unable to live with their birth parent(s). At these times, arrangements need to be made for children to be cared for by others. Some children may live with other members of their family, with foster parents, adoptive parents or in care homes.

It is a priority for children to be given a permanent home when it is not safe for them to return to their parent’s care. A Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is a Court Order which appoints a specific person(s) to become a child’s Guardian until they reach 18.

A SGO offers greater security than long-term fostering but does not entail the absolute legal severance from the birth family that stems from an adoption order.

About this consultation

This consultation asks you questions about the Special Guardianship Orders Financial Policy. It asks if you think the information is clear, if any information is missing and any other comments you have. The sections include:

  • financial support for prospective Guardians
  • overview of the financial assessment process
  • required documentation
  • applying the means test
  • supplementary allowance
  • special Guardian(s) responsibilities
  • review
  • terminations of payments

You can read the Special Guardianship Policy and the Special Guardianship Orders Financial Policy in full before completing the survey.

How to respond

This consultation has now closed.


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Telephone: 01656 643664
Address: Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, CF31 4WB.

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