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Special Guardianship Order - Factsheet

A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's “Special Guardian” It is a private law order made under the Children Act 1989 and is intended for those children who cannot live with their birth parents and who would benefit from a legally secure placement.

This factsheet is produced by the Grandparents Association.

The factsheet contains information on:

  • What is a Special Guardianship Order?
  • Who can apply?
  • Who cannot apply?
  • The Court’s Decision
  • The role of the Local Authority
  • What is the effect of a Special Guardianship Order?

Download the Grandparents Association Special Guardianship Order Factsheet in related links.

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Last updated: 28 Mar 2019

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