Contact Us

Special Guardianship Order

Understanding Special Guardianship Orders: A Guide

Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) are a vital legal mechanism in the United Kingdom that provide a stable and secure environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents. At United Solicitors, we recognize the importance of safeguarding the rights and well-being of children, and we are committed to assisting families navigate the complexities of the legal system to ensure the best possible outcomes. In this guide, we will delve into the concept of Special Guardianship Orders, detailing what they entail, who can apply for them, the process involved, and the rights and responsibilities they confer.

What is a Special Guardianship Order (SGO)?

A Special Guardianship Order is a legal arrangement that grants an individual or individuals (known as special guardians) parental responsibility for a child. This order is designed to provide a more permanent and secure alternative to adoption while allowing the child to maintain a connection with their birth family. Special Guardianship Orders are typically sought when it is determined that a child cannot safely remain with their birth parents but would benefit from a stable and nurturing environment with a designated guardian

Who Can Apply for a Special Guardianship Order?

Various parties can apply for a Special Guardianship Order, including:

The suitability of the prospective special guardian(s) will be thoroughly assessed by the court to ensure that the child’s best interests are upheld.

Seeking Emergency Protection Orders with United Solicitors:

Whether you’re buying, selling, or leasing residential property, United Solicitors offers a comprehensive range of services to meet your needs:

It is advisable to seek legal guidance from experienced solicitors, such as those at United Solicitors, who specialize in family law and can provide expert assistance throughout the process.

The prospective special guardian(s) must submit an application to the court, outlining their reasons for seeking a Special Guardianship Order and providing relevant information about themselves and the child.

The court will conduct thorough assessments to evaluate the suitability of the prospective special guardian(s) and the potential impact of the order on the child. This may involve social workers, independent experts, and other professionals who will provide reports to the court.

In the event of property disputes or litigation, United Solicitors advocates tirelessly on your behalf. Whether it’s boundary disputes, breach of contract, or landlord-tenant conflicts, their litigation team strives for swift and favorable resolutions.

If the court determines that a Special Guardianship Order is appropriate, it will issue the order, outlining the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of the special guardian(s) in relation to the child.

Rights and Responsibilities under a Special Guardianship Order:

A Special Guardianship Order confers several rights and responsibilities upon the special guardian(s), including:

Our Approach:


Special Guardianship Orders play a crucial role in providing stability and security for children who cannot live with their birth parents. At United Solicitors, our dedicated team of family law specialists is committed to supporting families through the process of obtaining a Special Guardianship Order, ensuring that the best interests of the child are always paramount. 

Contact US Today!

If you require assistance or advice regarding Special Guardianship Orders, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We are here to help.

Contact Forms:

Enquiry Form: Ask the Experts

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Special Guardianship Order