The Law Society publishes its response to the Department of Education’s call for evidence on special guardianship
The introduction of Special Guardianship Orders (SGO) was a positive development that gave families, prospective carers and local authorities (LAs) a valuable option when deciding how best to plan for permanency for children.
The Law Society is concerned that in some cases SGOs are being sought and awarded when it is not clear that such an order is in the best interest of the child. To make sure that appropriate standards are met consistently across England, we are recommending that the Department for Education should update and extend the 2005 regulations and statutory guidance for LAs. This will make clear what processes and standards LAs should follow when assessing prospective special guardians (SGs), and supporting the placement of a child.