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WHO HAS PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY (PR)?

WHO CAN MAKE DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF THE CHILD?

CAN THE CHILD BE REMOVED FROM MY CARE?

CAN I TAKE THE CHILD OUT OF THE UK?

CAN I APPOINT A GUARDIAN?

CAN THE ORDER BE REVOKED?

AM I ENTITLED TO SUPPORT?

INFORMAL ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING PRIVATE FOSTERING

CHILDREN ON EMERGENCY PROTECTION ORDERS (EPOs) AND CARE ORDERS (COs)

CHILDREN ACCOMMODATEDBY THE LOCAL AUTHORITY

RESIDENCE ORDER (RO) AND CHILD ARRANGEMENTS ORDER (CAO)

SPECIAL GUARDIANSHIP ORDER (SGO)

ADOPTION

GUARDIANSHIP

Mothers, fathers/anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with the parents

Local Authority (LA), Mothers, fathers/anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with the parents

Mothers, fathers/anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with the parents

Person with RO/CAO, 
Mothers, fathers/anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with the parents

Person with SGO who can exercise PR to exclusion of anyone else with PR
Mothers, fathers/anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with the parents.

Adopters and anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with the adoptive Parents

Guardians (and anyone else who has acquired PR by court order)

Carer can make day to day decisions about the child's care but only those with PR can make important decisions eg: consent to medical treatment, leaving the UK etc.

Carer can make day to day decisions about the child's care with LA, but LA makes all important decisions about child in consultation with parents or carers

Carer can make day to day decisions about the child's care in consultation with LA, but on those with PR can consent to medical treatment, leaving the UK etc

Person with RO/CAO can make decisions without having to consult others with PR (although should for important decisions) but some restrictions: name change, consent to adoption/adoption placement, change of religion.

Person with SGO who has right to exercise PR to the exculsion of anyone else with PR, but some restrictions: name change, consent to adoption or adoption placement, change of religion.

Adoptive parents and anyone else who has acquired PR by court order or agreement with adoptive parents.

Guardians

Yes by person with PR

Yes by LA

Yes by person with PR

No unless RO/CAO revoked or LA has EPO or CO

No unless SGO revoked or LA has EPO or CO

No unless LA has EPO or CO

No unless LA has EPO or CO

Only with consent of all those with PR, or leave of court

Only with consent of LA for up to one month unless court gives leave

For up to one month, otherwise consent of all those with PR or leave of court is required

Only with consent of all those with PR or leave of court

For up to three months otherwise consent of all those with PR or leave of court is required.

Yes

Yes but consent of anyone else with PR is required

Parents/guardians with PR can appoint a guardian - see rules for when appointment takes effect

Parents/guardians with PR can appoint a guardian - see rules for when appointment takes effect

Parents/guardians with PR can appoint a guardian - see rules for when appointment takes effect

Parents/guardians with PR can appoint a guardian - see rules for when appointment takes effect in RO/CAO cases

SGO holders can appoint a guardian - see rules to when appointment takes effect in SG cases

Adoptive parents/guardians with PR can appoint a guardian - see rules for when appointment takes effect

Parents/guardians with PR can appoint a guardian - see rules for when appointment takes effect

N/A

Yes on application to the court

N/A

Yes - parents and others with PR have a right to apply to revoke the order

Yes but parents need Leave to apply to revoke the order - only granted if there is significant change of circumstance

No - it is irrevocable

Yes by court order

Discretionary support under Section 17 subject to assessment

fostering allwance payable to LA foster carers

Fostering allowance payable to LA foster carers

Discretionary support under Section 17 and residence order allowance (ROA)/child arrangements order allowance (CAOA) subject to assessment

Discretionary support under SG support services, subject to assessment - entitlement to assessment for SGs child and parents

Discretionary support under adoption support services, subject to assessment - entitlement to assessment for adopters, child and birth parents

Discretionary support under Section 17 subject to assessment.

A Comparison of Different Legal Options Courtesy of Family Rights Group​

Below are a couple of links relating to SGO which may prove useful if you hold, going through, or thinking of an SGO.

Legal Options.