Special guardianship guidance
Statutory guidance on the special guardianship services local authorities need to provide in accordance with the Children Act 1989.
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.
Published: 30 December 2005
Updated: 26 January 2017
- 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.
- First published.