The number of children subject to special guardianship orders is continuing to rise.
New statistics published by the Department for Education reveal that a total of 3,520 children left the care system to live with family friends or relatives after being made the subject of a special guardianship order in the year to March. This is an increase of close to five per cent over the previous year, when 3,360 were placed in special guardianship arrangements.
A few years earlier, in 2010-11, just 1,780 children were subject to special guardianship orders: the current figure represents an increase of 97.8 per cent.
Last month, Children’s Minister Edward Timpson promised a review of special guardianship orders, amid concerns that they were in danger of overuse and claims that such arrangements cannot match the stability and permanence of adoption.
Read the statistics in full here.
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