Leading legal expenses insurance provider ARAG plc has developed a unique product with speciality insurance broker Morrison Insurance Solutions to offer legal advice and protection to Special Guardians.
The product has been created for the independent, not-for-profit organisation FosterTalk, which provides support for foster parents. It will be distributed as a benefit for FosterTalk members who are Special Guardians.
Special Guardians have a specific legal status and are appointed by the Family Court to look after a young person on a long-term basis and take on parental responsibility for them.
As well as providing round-the-clock legal advice over the phone, the new policy covers the legal costs of defending both civil and criminal proceedings; legal representation for an interview under caution and appealing against a decision by a court to discharge a Special Guardianship Order relating to a child.
FosterTalk’s Managing Director, Steve Stockley, commented on the launch:
“Our partnership with ARAG and Morrisons has enabled us to develop a product that is both unique and valuable to Special Guardians, who take on a huge responsibility and deserve the upmost support and protection, if they need it.”
Richard Nurrish, Senior Manager at Morrison Insurance Solutions added:
“We were delighted to further enhance our long-standing relationship with both FosterTalk and ARAG, with all working together to develop and bring this product to life. It is not very often that a new product is brought to the market and to also provide a solution that helps support the valuable role Special Guardians play in society is particularly satisfying.”
Commenting for ARAG, Underwriting and Marketing Director David Haynes said:
“ARAG exists to provide access to justice to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. This is especially important for Special Guardians who play a vital role in society that can sometimes place them in a difficult legal situation.”
Special Guardian cover is available to FosterTalk members who are Special Guardians and is included as part of their Group Legal Expenses policy.