Research and analysis

Family justice review: special guardianship orders

Research on the effect of the family justice review on the use of special guardianship orders (SGOs).


Family justice review: special guardianship orders


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.
Published 27 August 2015