4 April 2016
Record number of special guardianship orders made last year, figures show
Last year was the first time the number of special guardianship orders made went past 5,000, figures from the Ministry of Justice have shown.
A record number of special guardianship orders were made in 2015, new figures have revealed.
Ministry of Justice family court figures, published this week, showed that more than 5,300 special guardianship orders were made in 2015. This is first time the number of special guardianship orders surpassed 5,000 in a single year and represents an 81% rise in the total use of the order since 2011.
The figures take into account all special guardianship orders made last year, while looked-after children statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE) only take into account those made for children who ceased to be looked after.
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