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
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:
- The Special Guardianship Regulations 2005
- the Children Act 1989
- the Adoption and Children Act 2002
Statutory guidance is issued by law. You must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.
Last updated 26 January 2017 + show all updates
Updated document to include more information on support for special guardians.
Updated statutory guidance for local authorities on special guardianship order application court reports. This follows updates to the Special Guardianship Regulations 2005.