Obtaining special guardianship orders in Bury, Greater Manchester

Discover the benefits of a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) with help from Foster with Bury. Special guardianship is granted to individuals who are granted overriding parental responsibility for a child until they are grown up, usually at the age of 18 years old. Serving carers and children throughout Bury, Greater Manchester, we cover all aspects of SGOs. Get in touch today to discover more.

Advantages of special guardianship

Families with children on a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) experience a wide range of rewards and challenges. Special guardianship provides permanence for children who have often previously been in the care of the local authority. What’s more, SGOs offer stability to children and young people who, for various reasons, are not able to live with their birth parents.

Most importantly, SGOs enable carers to make more of the daily decisions about a child than in fostering or child arrangement orders. Unlike with adoption, SGOs do not sever legal ties between a birth parent and a child. Direct contact often continues if it's in the best interests of the child and contact arrangements are considered on a case-by-case basis by the local authority as part of the assessment.



To apply to be a Special Guardian, you must be over 18 years and have an existing or possible relationship with the child. This includes:


  • Grandparents

  • Aunt or Uncle

  • Brother or Sister

  • Other relatives

  • Family friend

  • Neighbour

  • Unrelated foster carer

Taking care of children’s needs

Our team specialise in arranging Special Guardianship Orders for foster carers.

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