For a great number of different reasons, people who are not the biological parents of the child(ren) can find themselves in circumstances where they are caring for a child(ren) on a full time basis.
Such situations may be very stressful or uncertain, and knowing what to do for the best is not always easy.
Special Guardianship Orders are made when a child is placed with someone other than the biological parent, on a permanent basis. Such an Order provides the child with security and a sense of belonging, and the Special Guardian obtains a higher level of Parental Responsibility than the parents. This means that the Special Guardian can have control of the key decisions affecting the child, as well as having responsibility over the day to day issues that the child faces.
In this way the Special Guardian’s views and any decisions made by them in respect of the child for the most part will take priority over what the parents may wish to happen for the child.
Special Guardians will retain Parental Responsibility for any child that the Order has granted until that child is 18 years of age.
Quite often, grandparents, or extended family, fall into this category for any number of reasons.
Our team have successfully represented many applicants in securing a Special Guardianship Order. We can advise you on all of the steps required from starting the application to securing a final Order. Do contact our Children Department if you require further advice.