Implementation of Special Guardianship

Project: Research project (funded)Research

Project Details


From a research perspective, very little was known about how special guardianship was working out in practice. This research, commissioned as part of a wider study of permanent placements for children, had three principal aims:

to describe the different approaches taken by local authorities and identify issues of policy and procedure that had arisen over the first two years of implementation

to investigate the characteristics, circumstances and motivations of those who had taken up the special guardianship option

to describe the experiences of those who sought special guardianship

to compare the characteristics and circumstances of children with special guardians to those of children in the other three types of permanent placement investigated in the first component of the study.
Effective start/end date1/07/0728/02/09