Currently Special Guardianship families are not entitled to paid leave from work when a child is placed with them.
Adoption leave gives up to 52 weeks off work, with statutory adoption pay for 39 weeks. Becoming a special guardian is a life changing transition and paid leave would ensure that adults are able to support children.
For many special guardians having paid leave once the SGO is granted would be invaluable, giving them the time and space needed to support and welcome a child. It can also reduce the stress associated with returning to work whilst adjusting to the new circumstances. You can read more about the petition here.
This petition is now closed.