Special Guardians

Welcome to the special services for Special Guardians who live in any of the following boroughs or have a child who has been placed with you from these boroughs Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Havering, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.


We have used the COVID-19 emergency funding provided by the Government to commission online therapeutic services, training and support helplines for families with a Special Guardianship Order. Watch our short animated film ‘Closer & Stronger’


Information about how you can sign up to this support is detailed below. You can also visit our News and Blog pages for more information about each service.

Special guardians will be able to subscribe to The Adopter Hub, The National Association of Therapeutic Parents and to Kinship Response until the end of December 2020. Support and advice from Adoption Plus and PAC-UK will only be available until the end of September 2020. We highly recommend that you do not delay your self referral and to avoid disappointment suggest you sign up as soon as possible, if:

  • You feel it would make all the difference being able to talk to someone who really understands your situation
  • You need help to make sense of your child’s behaviour so you can help them
  • You would like to meet other people facing the same issues with their child or teenager
  • You would like some fresh ideas about how to help your child while school is closed
  • You feel really tired by all the pressure and you just need someone to talk to, who will not judge you.

If you need to speak to a social worker about your child, please contact your local authority special guardianship services.


Kinship Response

Kinship Response is the Grandparents Plus membership service which is now available to all special guardians from any of the Adopt London 23 London local authorities. This means you can access the specialist kinship care advice service, join a virtual support group that meets regularly via video calls, become a free member of the Kinship Community of over 7,000 incredible kinship carers to receive the latest information and advice, join live regional Facebook advice surgeries and ask questions to help you in your caring role. The service is available now for more information call Kinship Response on 0300 033 9851 Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm. Or complete this online self-referral form.

The National Association of Therapeutic Parents


You are invited to join for free is the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP). If you a special guardian looking after children who have suffered trauma, NATP can support you and offers a range of benefits. This short video will help to explain more about the NATP services which include a helpline. To access this offer please email: membership@naotp.com and quote the code ‘Adopt London’ the rest will be done for you!

Adoptionplus and PAC-UK


Adopt London are working in close partnership with Adoptionplus and PAC-UK provide therapeutic support to Special Guardianship families.  Following the initial call, families will be offered follow-up support packages from PAC-UK and / or therapeutic support from Adoptionplus therapists, who will provide a range of services including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Parent Consultations, specialist support for teenagers, attachment-informed sensory regulation support and couples counselling. See the attached Adoptionplus Summary Flyer for more detailed information. Services will be available until 26 September 2020 and can be accessed by calling the Adopt London Helpline delivered by PAC-UK on 020 7284 5874 (open Monday to Saturday 7.00pm to 9.00pm) or the PAC-UK regular Advice Line on 020 7284 5879 (open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Wednesday and Thursday 2.00pm to 7.30pm). You can also register online at PAC-UK website or email them on  adoptlondon@pac-uk.org to request a call back.

The Adopter Hub

Adopt London is pleased to announce a new partnership with PACT’s Adopter Hub that you can access at a time convenient to you! It is a web-based service that provides support to families living with a child under a Special Guardianship Order or who have adopted from any of the 23 Adopt London boroughs.

This free membership will give you access to peer support from other special guardians and adopters via live web chat, email and an exclusive forum, E-Learning to top up your knowledge on how to support your child, a programme of webinars and a range of resources on behaviour, online safety, mental health and development needs.

You will automatically receive an email with the ‘Adopt London passcode’ to access this resource from your local authority special guardianship team, so please check your inbox or contact them directly for information on how to access this membership.


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