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Special Guardianship Process

What is a Special Guardianship?

A special guardian is someone who has received a special guardianship order that means they can provide legal security for children who cannot be cared for in the long term by their birth parents. They are usually someone with a close relationship to the child, such as a family member, former foster carer or a family friend.

Special guardianship is a formal court order which places a child with someone permanently and gives this person parental responsibility. While the birth parents retain parental responsibility, the special guardian has overriding parental responsibility.

You can find out more information about what this process entails on our Fostering website.


Should you wish to speak to somebody about the Special Guardianship process, please contact:

[email protected]
020 8547 5355