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Family members taking on vulnerable children to receive better legal support

2nd May 2023

Extra £6 million to support up to 2,000 more people in complex family cases.

Extended family members seeking to provide long-term, stable care for vulnerable children will be able to access free legal advice, thanks to new government investment announced today (30 April 2023).

Under the move, legal aid funding will be extended to more people applying for Special Guardianship Orders through the courts – a form of care which sees a child in need of a loving home placed with extended family, friends or foster parents until they reach the age of 18.

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