Special guardianship – qualitative case file analysis: Research Report

Research reviews and summaries
Published: Nov 2015
Author: Dr Susannah Bowyer, Dr Julie Wilkinson, Robert Tapsfield, Janet Gadsby Waters, Hilary Corrick Ranger

Special Guardianship Orders were introduced in 2005 as a legal pathway to permanence for children, often within the extended family network. The aim of this study was to further explore the impact on SGO use of the introduction of the 26 week time limit for standard care cases under the Public Law Outline (Children and Families Act 2014).

The findings presented here provide a rich picture of SGO use in these particular cases in the selected LAs. When considered in conjunction with other research, they provide further information about how SGOs are being used in practice and the complexity of LA decision-making in relation to this.