Special Guardianship Orders

untitled (226)It is good news that the Government has agreed to a review of the legal process that allows a speedy transfer of parenthood from biological parents to other adults who are deemed to be suitable for the child or family concerned. Often these ‘Special’ Guardians are family members who may in an ideal world be people who have had a great deal of involvement in the development of their grandchildren or nieces or nephews. In terms of providing a quick solution for a system that is under enormous pressure these orders may seem a wonderful way forward, and a relative faced with taking over the parenting of a relative at a critical moment in the childs life, might wish to do the ‘right’ thing as all see it. However this route can also be a cheap solution for the state and lead to assumptions and a long term price being paid by child and Guardian. In December last year, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering called for a review, stating that while the design of SGOs is “largely right”, there are elements that are “not fit for purpose. It is vital that the opportunity to respond to this consultation does not get lost in the Summer period when so many of us are focusing on other matters. The Consultation closes in mid September and the link to the document is here.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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