What is a special guardianship order?
A special guardianship order appoints one or more individuals to be a child’s ‘special guardian’ (not biological parents). The order is put in place by the court during family proceedings. The court validates the order when it’s agreed that the children cannot live with their birth parents and will benefit from a legally secure placement.
Furthermore, the special guardian/s is given parental responsibility. Parental responsibility can be described as a “super-parental responsibility” because the special guardian can exercise parental responsibility without input from any other person. Therefore, a special guardian can make decisions for the children, such as which school they attend and what activities they will participate in.
The birth parents are still legally the child’s parents, but their parental responsibility is limited.