Special Guardianship Orders

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 11 March 2024.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children have been subject to a special guardianship order in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government does not collect figures in relation to how many children are subject to a special guardianship order at any one time.

However, the following table extracted from the publicly available Family Court Statistics Quarterly figures provides details on the number of children involved in orders from 2013 until 2022. Data for public law cases in 2022 has not been published due to data issues resulting from the reform of public law services.

The number of these orders has remained relatively stable over that period.

Year

Public Law

Private Law

Total

2013

4,923

1,863

6,786

2014

4,852

1,944

6,796

2015

5,514

1,949

7,463

2016

5,668

1,812

7,480

2017

5,758

1,581

7,339

2018

5,920

1,501

7,421

2019

5,835

1,544

7,379

2020

5,268

1,196

6,464

2021

6,124

1,293

7,417

2022

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1,184

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