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3.9.2 Special Guardianship Payment Review

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This procedure applies to those children who are subject of a Special Guardianship Order and financial support has been approved by the Head of Regulated Services as part of the Special Guardianship Support Plan.

This chapter should be read in conjunction with Special Guardianship Orders Procedure.

When a carer receives payment for a child who is placed with him/her on a Special Guardianship Order, these arrangements will be reviewed annually to ensure the child's needs continue to be met and to ensure that the carer is still entitled to receive the payment.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was reviewed in June 2014 and small amendments were made.


Contents

  1. Process Following the Making of a Special Guardianship Order
  2. Payment and Support Plan Review Process
  3. Variations or Terminations of Approval
  4. Actions Following Payment Review
  5. Concerns for the Child Following the Support Plan Review


1. Process Following the Making of a Special Guardianship Order

Upon the making of an Order the child's social worker will record the Special Guardianship Order as a new Legal Status in the Legal section of MOSAIC.

When a child is placed with a carer on a Special Guardianship Order and the carer is entitled to financial help, the child will have a Plan in place.

If there is an on-going plan already in place, the financial need would be added to the current plan on MOSAIC and the service provided to meet this need would be "Residence Order / Child Arrangements Order / Special Guardianship Order - financial support", when all the other needs are met.

If the case will remain open just to deliver financial support the plan would be a Child in Need plan with the only need identified being the Financial Need and the service provided to meet this need would be "Special Guardianship Order - financial support". The Plan will be recorded in the MOSAIC by the Lead Social Worker before their involvement is completed.

The Lead Social Worker will also record a Special Guardianship Order Review with the due date in a year's time and the person responsible for the referral would be the Team Manager/Practice Supervisor Fostering. After this is completed, the Lead Social Worker Involvement is ended. (However the case should remain open to the Key Team as a U6 Financial Assistance only).

The system would send a task to the manager in a year's time to remind them that the Special Guardianship Order payment review is due.


2. Payment and Support Plan Review Process

All Special Guardianship arrangements are subject to an annual review, the review is in two parts:

  • Financial Review;
  • Support Plan Review.

Financial Payment Review Process

When the annual review is due, a Financial Assessment Review Form; for completion by the carer together with a request for information about any change in circumstances for the carer, will automatically be generated by the Financial Review Team in Regulated Services. The Financial Review Team reviews cases on an annual basis recording activity and outcomes in MOSAIC as Financial Review.

The Special Guardians will be asked to complete the SGO allowance review questionnaire. The completed form should be forwarded to the Head of Regulated Services for approval. The allowances questionnaire will be scanned into MOSAIC for retention. Once the review is completed, the next review date will be added to MOSAIC with a due date.

All Special Guardians will receive written confirmation of the outcome of the Review.

All changes to the financial support will be notified to 'Softbox' by the Financial Review Team in Regulated Services.

Please note: Special Guardians must be helped to access any benefits to which they are entitled; this will usually include child benefit and tax credits such as Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

The local authority must also take account of any other grant, benefit, allowance or resource available to the person in respect of his needs as a result of becoming a Special Guardian of a child. Financial support cannot duplicate any other payment available to the Special Guardian.

The Financial Review Team will end their involvement once SGO allowances cease.

Support Plan Review

Where a Special Guardianship Support Plan is active and there is continued involvement from Children's Services, the Special Guardianship Support Plans must be reviewed taking into account the following:

  • Any change of circumstances affecting the support;
  • At whichever stage of implementation of the plan is considered most appropriate;
  • And be reviewed at least annually or earlier if required.

The Team Manager/Practice Supervisor will allocate a Social Worker to undertake the Review. The allocated Social Worker will arrange to visit the child and carers to complete the review.

Any change to the Special Guardianship Support Plan will be subject to the approval of the Head of Regulated Services.


3. Variations or Terminations of Approval

If the local authority decides to vary or terminate the provision of support after the review, notice in writing must be given and the person concerned should be given 28 days to make representations.


4. Actions Following Payment Review

Following confirmation from Head of Service Regulated, if the Carer is still eligible to receive financial support the Financial Review Team will record another Special Guardianship Order Review with the due date after a year.

If at the end of the review it is decided that financial support is not needed anymore and the case is not open to the social work team due to an active support plan, the Financial Review Team will end:

  1. The legal status;
  2. The plan;
  3. The service;
  4. The Key Team Involvement;
  5. The referral and by this closing the case to Social Care.


5. Concerns for the Child Following the Support Plan Review

If the social worker has any concerns regarding the care of the child following completion of a review of the support plan or due to any on-going financial commitments, this must be recorded on MOSAIC and discussed with the Team Manager/Principal Practitioner for consideration of on-going support. Consideration may be given by the Team manager to contact CSC for initial screening or contact direct to the area FAST Team.

If the social worker has any concerns of a child protection nature, they must inform their line manager immediately and the LSCB procedures must be followed.

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