What are my rights as a special guardian?
If you are granted a special guardianship order you will have overriding parental responsibility. This means you will be entitled to make welfare decisions on a day to day basis in respect of the child in your care. That being said there are circumstances in which your parental responsibility does not mean that you can act without the consent of the other people that share parental responsibility:
- You cannot change the child’s name;
- You cannot remove the child from the country for more than 3 months;
- You cannot consent to the child being adopted.
If a Local Authority is recommending that you are granted a special guardianship order then it must provide a support plan alongside its assessment which sets out what support you will be entitled to if an order is made. You may also be entitled to financial support but this will be subject to an assessment. Any support put in place must be reviewed by the Local Authority in cases where either your’s or the child’s circumstances change. Any financial support must be assessed periodically.
Contact our Special Guardianship Order Solicitors in Wakefield on 01924 332395.