Special Guardianship

A Special Guardianship Order appoints one or more individuals to become a child’s special guardian. It is intended for those children who cannot live with their birth parents and who require permanent security.

The following people can apply for a Special Guardianship Order:-

  • any guardian of the child
  • any individual who has a residence order
  • any person with whom the child has lived for at least three years out of the last five years
  • anyone with consent from the local authority if the child is in care
  • anyone with the consent of all parties who have parental responsibility of the children
  • a local authority foster parent with whom the child has lived for at least one year preceeding the application

Prior to making an application for a Special Guardianship Order the local authority for the child/children will need to be consulted and asked to prepare a report as to the suitability of the person wishing to make the application.

To consider your options in full our Family Law department can help guide you through the process.