Special Guardship Orders

A Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is a legal order applied for and granted by the courts that allows you to offer a permanent home to a child without adopting and gives you shared parental responsibility of the child.

Trafford’s SGO Policy can be found here

What support can I get?

Support to SGO carers in Trafford is provided via our SGO Support Team.

Special guardian’s, birth parents and/or the child are able to contact the SGO support team for information and advice at any time throughout the duration of the order. The level of support and advice available to them will be assessed on an individual basis.

SGO support groups

Quarterly SGO support groupsare available to Special Guardian Carers. SGO carers within the borough are welcome to attend to share their experiences and offer support. The dates of the groups are listed below.

Thursday 6 September 2018 -  10am - 11am

Thursday 7 December 2018  - 10am – 11am

Thursday 7 March 2019  - 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursday 6 June 2019  - 6pm – 7pm

All the Support groups are held at Trafford Town Hall. 

SGO carers are also entitled to access relevant foster carer training opportunities, and can be signposted to this training if they request it.

If you would like further information regarding the support available from the SGO team, details of our support groups or our SGO policy, please contact us on 0161 912 5050, email: fostering@trafford.gov.uk or write to:

Family Placement Team (SGO Support)

Trafford Town Hall

Talbot Road


M32 0TH