Special Guardianship was designed specifically for family members taking on the permanent care of a child within the family.
They give the Special Guardian formal parental responsibility that overrides that of anyone else with parental responsibility i.e. the parents. This leaves the Special Guardian in charge and able to make decisions for the child: whether that be on practical things like choice of schools, or where the child lives, or what contact they should have with other members of the family. The parents retain their parental responsibility and should ideally be informed and consulted where appropriate, but the Special Guardian is able to get on and deal with things, even if the parents do not respond or co-operate accordingly.
Our recognised specialists in this field provide advice, information and support foster carers and family members who are seeking to become special guardians. We help parents through the process and to understand how a special guardianship order affects them. Get in touch.