Consultation outcome

Special guardianship review

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Summary of responses received and the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Original consultation


We're seeking views about the use of special guardianship orders (SGOs).

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Consultation description

Special guardianship was introduced in 2005 as an alternative legal status providing permanence for children when they are unable to remain with their parents until they are 18-years-old.

We invite your views on:

  • how the use of special guardianship has changed since its introduction in 2005
  • the assessment process
  • the advice and support for special guardians
  • examples of best practice


Published 16 July 2015
Last updated 17 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added government consultation response.
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