Following recent case law, the issue of Special Guardianship Orders and placement before making of an order has been in the forefront of most decisions, particularly in respect of timetabling care proceedings.
Following on from recent case law, there has been Guidance handed down by the Family Justice Council, and approved by the President of the Family Division, particularly in relation to the 26 week timescale for Care Proceedings and when that should be extended.
The Guidance states that if alternative carers are identified late, and the application has a good basis, an extension beyond 26 weeks should be permitted if it is necessary to enable the Court to end the proceedings justly. Also, if the assessment is positive, consideration should be given as to the contact the child will have with the potential carers to allow their relationship should be tested.
If you have any questions or need advice on a Special Guardianship Order, contact one of our offices to speak to a solicitor.