Special Guardianship & Other Orders Relating to Children
A Special Guardianship Order means that a child will live with the person or people named in the Order and that they will have Parental Responsibility for that child. Parental Responsibility is the legal right and responsibility to make decisions about a child, for example about education, religion or medical treatment. A Special Guardian has the right to exercise Parental Responsibility to the exclusion of birth parents and anyone else with Parental Responsibility, so this too is a potentially draconian Order.
We have experience of representing parents, children and prospective Special Guardians (including sometimes Local Authority foster carers). We understand why a parent might not object to their child living with someone else but would not want that person to make all the decisions. We understand that a carer might be totally committed to looking after a child for the rest of its childhood but might need financial assistance or other services from the Local Authority to be able to do that. We understand that some children will be old enough to express a view about all this too and that those with sufficient understanding might have their own case to put. We are well placed to represent you whatever your circumstances.
We have built up a particular area of expertise in representing foster parents in relation to Special Guardianship applications. Their position can be complicated by the fact that they might be in opposition to the very Local Authority that has approved them as carers, for example in relation to whether the Order should be made at all or in respect of the detail of the Support Plan that has to be in place before the Order is made. We can guide you through this and take the strain, leaving you to focus on the child in question.
There are other Orders that the Court can make in respect of children.If you have a query about any Court Proceedings concerning children that we have not specifically mentioned, please contact us to see if we can help you. If we can’t we will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.