Statutory guidance

Special guardianship guidance

Statutory guidance on the special guardianship services local authorities need to provide in accordance with the Children Act 1989.

Applies to England


Special guardianship guidance


This guidance is for local authorities.

It outlines the special guardianship support services that local authorities must provide.

You should read this guidance along with:

Statutory guidance is issued by law. You must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

Published 30 December 2005
Last updated 26 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated document to include more information on support for special guardians.

  2. Updated statutory guidance for local authorities on special guardianship order application court reports. This follows updates to the Special Guardianship Regulations 2005.

  3. First published.