Special Guardianship

A Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s Special Guardian. It is an alternative option for permanence for those children for whom adoption is inappropriate but need a legal secure placement.  It provides for legal permanence but lacks a complete break with birth parents, e.g. for older children who do not want legal separation from their birth family, children cared for by extended family members, and where there are religious and cultural difficulties with adoption.


Sometimes foster carers might be approached by the local authority about becoming a Special Guardian for a child for whom they are caring- or might be caring- for long term. Supervising social workers can provide detailed information about what is involved for any carers who need it.

Last Update: January 6, 2019  

January 6, 2019   rich    Foster Care Handbook