Special guardianship; investigating experiences, outcomes and challenges

Thursday 12 February 2015, 1.30PM to 4.15pm

Speaker(s): Jim Wade, Senior Research Fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York

Jim has a background in youth and community work and social work with teenagers. Since entering research in 1990 he has developed a broad interest in social work services for teenagers, including young people in and leaving care, young runaways from home or care and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. He has been involved in the development of national guidance and service standards in relation to leaving care and young runaways.

Special guardianship represents a major legislative initiative to increase the range of permanent placements for children unable to live with their birth parents. It was introduced in December 2005, however, evidence to support its development or to understand its fit with other forms of permanence (principally adoption or long-term fostering) is limited. This study builds on earlier research undertaken in the Social Policy Research Unit and aims to:

  • Understand how the policy and practice of local authorities is evolving.
  • Chart the experiences of guardians and their children.
  • Assess how well SG is working out for children through an assessment of their progress and outcomes some 3-6 years after an Special Guardianship Order (SGO) has been granted

For Continuous Professional Development purposes we map our seminars against The College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework and The Health and Care Professionals Council Standards of Proficiency.

You may therefore find this document helpful for your CPD recording.


For subscribing organisations this is a Children's Services event.

For others there is a fee of £60.

Bursaries are available for students, staff and service users, as well as for volunteers from voluntary groups, community groups and charities; please ask for details.

tel: 01904 321237 - email: spsw-mrc@york.ac.uk

Location: Mercure Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF