What is a Special Guardianship Order?

What is a Special Guardianship Order?

This Order appoints a person or persons as a child’s Special Guardian. A Special Guardian has parental responsibility which he/she can exercise to the exclusion of any person who has parental responsibility. A Special Guardianship Order is designed to be a long term Order and consequently a natural parent would have to obtain permission of the Court before being able to apply to discharge a Special Guardianship Order.