Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

Please contact during office hours.

Sunday 6 May 2012

Special Guardianship.

I am often asked about a variety of different orders, Special Guardianship, Residence Orders etc, hope this helps. Please note that this is under English Law.

Special Guardianship

Special Guardianship is a legal option which came into force on 30 December 2005.
It is intended to provide permanence for children for whom adoption is not appropriate.
It is most likely to be used for older children who do not wish to make an absolute legal break with their birth family. Special Guardianship is a way of building a lifelong permanent relationship between the carer and the child or young person.

A Special Guardianship Order.

A Special Guardianship Order gives the Special Guardian parental responsibility for the child.

What is the difference between Special Guardianship and long term fostering?

Foster carers do not have parental responsibility. A special guardian will be able to make most of the important decisions about a child. The child will no longer be “looked after” by the Local Authority.
What is the difference between Special Guardianship and Adoption?
Unlike adoption, under a Special Guardianship Order, the parents remain the child's parents and retain parental responsibility, though their ability to exercise their parental responsibility is extremely limited.
Special Guardianship support and allowance
An assessment of support needs will be made before a Special Guardianship Order is granted. Support can include a financial allowance where appropriate.

If you want to offer a child a permanent home but can understand that there are some circumstances when adoption is not appropriate, then talk to your local service about special guardianship. The initial processes would be as for fostering.


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