Special Guardianship Order Reports | Assessment Handout

Children Services
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Safeguarding: CYP
Child Protection

Posted: 23 February 2019
Telephone: 03330124074

This Special Guardianship Order (SGO) Handout has been created to help develop good practice and support social workers when conducting assessments in relation to SGO’s within Children Services. It offers information on what questions to ask and how to gather relevant information for the purpose of fact/evidence based decision making.


  • Legislation and Guidance
  • Family history
  • Educational history
  • Occupational history
  • Medical history
  • Psychiatric/psychological history
  • Drug and alcohol history
  • Criminal history
  • History of relationships and children from those relationships
  • The relationship between applicants and child/ren
  • How the applicants relate to children and adults
  • Wider family and networks of support
  • Housing and home conditions
  • Income
  • Parenting capacity
  • Basic care / emotional and behavioural development / education
  • Safety
  • Identity and attachment
  • Stimulation
  • Guidance, boundaries and routines
  • Social presentation and self-care skills
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