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Exploring Carers’ Experiences and Perceptions of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) over Time, from the Point of Applying to Now

Woodward, Katie, MELIA, Yvonne and COMBES, Helen (2020) Exploring Carers’ Experiences and Perceptions of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) over Time, from the Point of Applying to Now. The British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102

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In 2005, Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) came into law in England enabling carers to take full legal responsibility for all aspects of a child’s care, and to therefore provide a foundation to build a life-long permanent relationship. To date, little research has been carried out with a particular emphasis on SGOs, and the impact that they have. Q-Methodology explored carers’ experiences and perceptions of SGOs over time, from the point at which carers applied for the SGO until now. Ten participants each completed three Q-Sorts by way of sorting 47 statements. Seven factors emerged from the Factor Analysis but only five were found to be significant (Eigenvalues above 1.0). The factors reflected variance in Special Guardian’s perceptions of preparation for and understanding of their role, role reward, obligation to take on the role, levels of support, relationship with the birth family and their bond with the child(ren) in their care. This study provides an insight into the experiences of carers-granted SGOs. The similarities and differences in these viewpoints are discussed. The findings suggest that more time and preparation is needed to ensure that carers are better prepared to manage any difficulties that may arise.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in The British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The version of record - Katie Woodward, Yvonne Melia, Helen Combes, Exploring Carers’ Experiences and Perceptions of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) over Time, from the Point of Applying to Now, The British Journal of Social Work, , bcaa086, is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/bjsw/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa086/5880254
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 14:48
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 14:48
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6472

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