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Revised Special Guardianship Order (SGO) financial support policy

To approve a change to the policy for Special Guardianship financial support so that foster carers who decide to apply for a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) for a looked after child continue to receive financial allowances at the rate equivalent to fostering allowances and fees for the duration of the SGO arrangement.

Under the current policy carers are required to complete a means test two years after the SGO is made and their allowances are adjusted based on this. Consequently many foster carers are reluctant to apply for an SGO where this has been assessed to be in the child’s best interests as they are concerned about the financial impact of this decision.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/11/2018

Decision due: 28 February 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet member children and families

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Gill Cox, Head of looked after children Email: Gill.Cox@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 383738.

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