What is a Special Guardianship Order?

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In care proceedings special guardianship orders are usually an option if the children are placed with family members or friends. Special guardianship orders make the people caring for the children ‘special guardians’ and gives them parental responsibility so they can make decisions about the children’s care. The local authority stop being involved and decisions are made by the special guardians. Special guardianship orders do not take away parental responsibility from the children’s parents and the parents should be consulted about major decisions but the special guardians will have the final say with most decisions. Children stay a member of their birth family and their legal ties to their parents stay in place.


Special guardianship orders last until children reach the age of 18.

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