Welcome to the Family and Friends Carers’ discussion forum.
My name is Suzie, online adviser, at Family Rights Group.
I am very sorry that you have been brought to the point where you feel you can no longer care for your grandson because of lack of support from your local authority.
Robin D has given you some good advice and I hope you will feel able to continue looking after your grandson with the appropriate support the he needs.
It is not clear from your post whether your grandson was a ‘looked after’ child (either under s.20 or a care order), before you were granted the special guardianship order. If he was then children services should have prepared a support package and you can ask now to be assessed for this. Also, if your grandson has substantial needs, then you can ask for him to be assessed by children services as a child in need and you can get more information about this from our advice sheet
In addition, the local authority has a duty under the special guardianship regulations to provide support services to special guardians. Please see the link here
to the regulations (as amended).
Special Guardians are also able to ask the local authority for an assessment under the Adoption Support Fund. There is a link here
for your further information. I really would encourage you to ask for this to be done.
Please read our advice sheet
about the support family and friends carers can expect when looking after someone else’s child.
Should you decide that you are not able to care for your grandson, then if he is accommodated by children services under s.20 it means you continue to have parental responsibility for him and it will be a voluntary arrangement from which you can withdraw consent, but should seek legal advice before doing so. If you discharge the special guardianship order, you will no longer have parental responsibility and if your grandson is not able to return to his parent or parents, then children services will have to apply for a care order if anyone else with parental responsibility does not agree to him being accommodated under s.20 of the Children Act 1989.
If you wish to speak to an adviser, please telephone our free confidential advice line on 0808 801 0366. The advice line is open Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
I hope this information is helpful and will help you in making your decision.