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LA Comparisons.

Which Local Authority?

Positive Experiences

Negative Experiences

Additional Comments

North Tyneside County Council

SGO Finance Package

Lack of practical support.
Carer had to give up work on SS instruction.

Work against North Tyneside's contact arrangements. This conflicts with the interests of the two brothers who live in the same household but who are subject to neighbouring county councils' guidelines.

South Tyneside County Council

Lack of practical support.
Left to own devices after SGO awarded.
Left to deal with conflict over contact; due to SS imposed sanctions.

Work against South Tyneside's contact arrangements.  This conflicts with the interests of the two brothers who live in the same household but who are subject to neighbouring county councils' guidelines.

Bristol City Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Fostering & Support, SGO Package

Post-SGO support, Children's Social Work.
Threatened with Foster Care/Adoption if didn't apply for SGO.

Nottingham City Council

Financial Support.
Help with Nursery Costs.
Welfare Rights Advice provided.

Lack of practical support post-SGO.

Nottingham County Council

6 months delay in agreeing to fund SGO application.
Initially no SGO financial package.
Lack of practical support post-SGO.

West Sussex

Lack of any form of support.

Manchester City Council

Part funded house extension due to increase in family size.

This LA jointly worked with the Housing Association in order to address the accommodation issues.

Oldham Council

Lack of any form of support

Northamptonshire County Council

Residence Order financial package.
LA run monthly support group.

Inconsistent advice given in early days of kinship care situation.

RO allowance is reviewable annually.

Oxford City Council

Medway Council

Will fund an extension to keep a family in their home.

Financial support offered if they have placed child up to age of 18.
Contribution to child care
Support with contact.

Refused to fund an extension for a family who are overcrowded due to kinship care.
Have declined to use their discretion on the government guidance.

This table shows some basic information regarding the levels of support, or lack of support, various Kinship Carers have received from their Local Authorities.  Please note that this is a work in progress and we hope that eventually (and not too far in the future!), the positives will far outweigh the negatives.

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