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Guardianship of children

Overview of guardianship

What is guardianship?

Care of Children Act 2004, s 15

Being a guardian of a child means having all duties, powers, rights and responsibilities that a parent has in bringing up the child.

What are a guardian’s responsibilities?

Care of Children Act 2004, s 16

A guardian’s responsibilities include:

  • providing day-to-day care for the child
  • contributing to the child’s intellectual, emotional, physical, social, cultural and other personal development
  • helping to make, or helping the child to make, the important decisions in a child’s life. These include decisions about:
    • the child’s name (and any changes to it)
    • where and with whom the child lives
    • medical treatment for the child
    • where and how the child will be educated
    • the child’s culture, language, and religion.
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