Coronavirus (COVID-19): children, young people and families


We continue to update the guidance on managing direct payments during the pandemic.

This is for those who:

  • manage their own direct payments
  • have support from Purple, the company we currently use, to manage their direct payments
  • manage direct payments on behalf of someone else

Read the COVID-19: direct payments for children frequently asked questions (PDF, 512.11KB)

Special Guardianship

Special Guardianship Orders

Special guardianship is a court order that gives you parental responsibility for a child or young person and allows them to live with you permanently.

This gives the child a family to live with through into adulthood.

The child can still have a relationship with their birth parents, where possible.

Parental responsibility

Being a special guardian means that you will have parental responsibility for the child, giving you the right to make decisions about the child's care and upbringing.

You don't have to consult the child's birth parents before you make these decisions.

However, you would have to inform the child's parents if you:

  • place the child for adoption
  • change the child's surname
  • take the child out of the UK for more than 3 months

You must also inform the birth parents if the child dies.

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