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Special Guardianship Order

This group of local authority practitioners meets 4 times a year to share practice ideas and resources.  The group has recently widened its remit from Special Guardianship to reflect the changing nature of permanence planning and local authority team structures.  More local authorities’ are locating the responsibility for Special Guardianship assessments with specialist teams is the group has widened its remit to accommodate this change.


The group is chaired by one of the members – at this point the Chair is Joanne Goodwin, Team Manager (Assessments and Family and Friends), Neath Port Talbot. AFA Cymru staff help to facilitate and support the group. 


When we meet the agenda’s reflect current developments, issues and concerns in relation to Kinship care.  Members also share materials, policies and procedures to avoid duplication and bring current practice issues for discussion.


Next meeting will be on the 11th October (2.00pm).


All local authorities are welcome to send members.  If you are do not currently have a representative on the group and you are interested in joining please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Advice Line

We offer advice to members of the public and professionals. 

    02920 761155 or 01745 336336

AFA Cymru, c/o Children in Wales, 25 Windsor Place, CARDIFF CF10 3BZ

AFA Cymru, W2 Morfa Clwyd Business Centre, 84 Marsh Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 2AF

Who we are

In September 2015, The Association of Fostering and Adoption (AFA) Cymru was formed. Whilst its day to day operational services of training, consultancy, professional advice and information are delivered independently of St. David’s, it is by law governed by St. David’s Children Society under the terms of its charitable status.

St. David's Children Society is a registered charity (Registration No: 509163). A Company limited by Guarantee (Registered Cardiff 1546688).

Registered Office: St. David’s Children Society, 28 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BA.

The Association for Fostering and Adoption Cymru (AFA Cymru) is a Welsh charity that promotes good practice across the breadth of permanency planning for children and young people.   It also offers advice, training and consultancy to professionals and members of the public to support best practice.  

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