The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
A special guardianship order (SGO) gives non-parents a more permanent legal status than they would have if they were named in a child arrangements order (CAO) as a person with whom the child is to live (formerly a residence order) but it does not extinguish the legal relationship between the child and their birth parents as an adoption order would do.
Special guardians have parental responsibility for the child until they are aged 18 (unless the order is discharged before then). Subject to any other order in force relating to the child under the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), parental responsibility can be exercised to the exclusion of any other person with parental responsibility (apart from another special guardian). The exceptions to the ability to exercise parental responsibility independently include:
situations where the law requires the consent of all persons with parental responsibility in a matter affecting the child eg sterilisation, circumcision
any rights which a parent of the child has in relation to the child's adoption or placement for adoption
the requirement fo
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