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.

From May 2020 the special COVID-19 services will be available to help you and your child until the end of September 2020, 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.

New services are coming to help you, by phone, on line and via video conferencing, including training you can do at home.



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

Adoptionplus and PAC-UK are working in close partnership to provide therapeutic support to special guardianship families struggling with the multiple challenges linked to the pandemic. This service is available to families living in any of the Adopt London 23 boroughs. 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 couple counselling. 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.

Other new services are coming very soon and will be advertised here as they become available. These will include specialist professional advice and help for Special Guardians and the opportunities to meet other Special Guardians in London, advice and counselling for you, your child or the family who live with you. All these services will be by phone or by online video during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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