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Is it possible to obtain a special guardianship order in relation to a child who is over the age of 16?

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Published on LexisPSL on 01/11/2019

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  • Is it possible to obtain a special guardianship order in relation to a child who is over the age of 16?

Is it possible to obtain a special guardianship order in relation to a child who is over the age of 16?

A special guardianship order (SGO) is a private law order provided by section 14A(1) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) appointing one or more individuals to be the child’s special guardian or special guardians and provide them with parental responsibility for the child concerned. An SGO will only be available in respect of minor children (ChA 1989, ss 14A(1) and 105(1)). No specific provision is made for the duration of an SGO, but, in accordance with general principles, it is submitted that it comes to an end upon the child attaining

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