If the child is being looked after by a local authority, the applicant must give three months written notice to the authority that is looking after the child. If the child is not looked after by a local authority, the applicant must give written notice to the local authority in whose area the applicant is ordinarily resident.
During this three-month period the local authority undertake an assessment and prepare a written report for the court to consider the suitability of the applicants to be Special Guardians.
This assessment report will assess the child's needs, their wishes and feelings, information about the prospective Special Guardian/s, the views of people involved in the child's life and what support may be needed. This assessment must be completed whether or not the child has been looked after by the Local Authority.
The Court may not make a Special Guardianship Order unless it has received the assessment.
Once the assessment is completed it is for the person who wishes to become a Special Guardian to decide whether to make a formal application to the Court. You may wish to take legal advice about this.