Strengthening Special Guardianship Orders in Court

The use of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) has grown rapidly. The challenge is for social workers undertake robust evidence based and analytical assessments within the PLO’s statutory timescales. This training provides insights on how to deal with the challenges involved with SGOs.

Date: 3 June 2024

Venue: Virtual online via Teams

Time: 10am- 4pm

Cost – see below

The Training will cover:

  • Legal framework underpinning the Special Guardianship Order (SGO) including changes introduced under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Special Guardianship (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018
  • Impact of recent research and case law update including leading case of Re P-S (Children) [2018]
  • Should SGO placements be tested;
  • What makes a robust SGO assessment, with clear, realistic recommendations to the court, and compliance with Re S;
  • Are SGO realistic orders for all;
  • How to deal with the challenges and barriers of carrying out SGO assessments within the 26 week time limit in
  • The consequences in court proceedings of delays in carrying out assessments and relatives being presented late in the court process. Impact of Re L and others (Children: Care Proceedings);
  • The role of Supervision Orders in SGO placements
  • Support plan, what does it include and who is responsible

Who should attend?

  • Social care professionals
  • SGO or connected person assessors
  • ISWs
  • Children Guardians
  • Managers


£120 plus VAT, total £144 per participant

Group booking discounts are available.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited, please feel free to share this event.

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The training can be delivered virtually or face to face

We can also deliver bespoke training courses contact us to discuss your specific training needs.

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