Special guardianship

Apply to legally take parental responsibility for a child you look after

Additional support and resources

Birth Relative Counselling Service is a confidential service that are independent from the local authority.It aims to ensure that birth families receive the support they need in order that they can start to heal and move forward with their lives.

Buttle Trust UK offers support to kinship carers through grant programmes for children and young people.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre specialises in law and policy affecting children and young people.  Coram Child Law Advice provides legal advice and information on child, family and education law for parents, carers and young people in England.

Essex Mediation are experts in conflict resolution, serving Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend and Harlow.

Essex Virtual School gives advice, support and training to help children and young people in care be successful learners.

Family Rights Group (FRG) provides advice to parents and other family members whose children are involved with or require children’s social care services because of welfare needs or concerns.

Kinship has a national community and network of local support groups for grandparents and family members who have stepped in to raise a child.

Local Offer for SEND gives information about support available in Essex for children and young people (0 to 25), with Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact)  provides practical and emotional support to prisoners and to their children and families.

The Children’s Society East works with young people and their families in Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

The National Advocacy Service (Nyas) is a UK charity providing socio-legal services. They offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults through a network of dedicated paid workers and volunteers throughout England and Wales.

Women’s Aid provides advice and support to women who have been affected by domestic abuse.

Find more links and support for children, young people and families and support for pupils and parents on our website.