Your role as a Special Guardian
As a Special Guardian, you have parental responsibility (above birth parents) to care for a child and make decisions about their upbringing, such as which school they attend.
You can maintain a link between the child and their birth parents and keep them informed of any decisions. You only require permission from the birth parents (or the court) for the following:
- taking the child out of the country for more than 3 months
- changing the child’s surname
- major operations
- placing the child for adoption.
You must also notify the birth parents if the child dies.