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More than a quarter of SGOs had supervision order attached

Published: 04.12.15

Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, is “deeply concerned” that more than a quarter (29%) of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) made last year had supervision orders attached.
More than a quarter of SGOs had supervision order attached

This figure was revealed following an investigation by Community Care.

Mr Thornbery said: “We believe the tripling of SGOs with supervision orders attached over the last few years is linked directly to the family courts’ concerns about a lack of post-order support being provided to special guardians by their local authorities.

This is further evidence that too many of these orders should not be being made. There are some examples of children being placed with virtual strangers with insufficient assessment and support which is too risky and flies in the face of what research tells us works best.

Many of these children would otherwise have been adopted but they will now unfortunately have lost that opportunity.”