Cases involving children

Special Guardianship

A Special Guardianship Order is often made at the conclusion of care proceedings for a child.

When a child cannot be cared for by his or her parents, a relative can put themselves forward as a long-term carer. If successful, the special guardian will have ‘superior’ parental responsibility for the child.

The placement is normally intended to be permanent and to last until the child is 18.

An application for special guardianship is normally a difficult decision made in complex circumstances. Specialist assessments will be undertaken and early legal advice is advisable.

We have extensive experience in guiding grandparents, aunts and uncles, and even foster carers on special guardianship applications. We can explain the likely obstacles, frustrations and provide the legal support you need to make a successful application.