Research on the effect of the family justice review on the use of special guardianship orders (SGOs).
The report covers:
- the changes to SGOs since the family justice reforms
- the process for making decisions
- the identification and assessment of extended family members
- the support for special guardians
- the courts’ approach to granting SGOs
A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s ‘special guardian’. It is a private law order made under the Children Act 1989, intended for children who:
- cannot live with their birth parents
- would benefit from a legally secure placement.