Re H (A Child) (Analysis of Realistic Options and SGOs)

Minor – Guardian. The father of a child had cared for her, with support, for six months prior to a final hearing in public law proceedings. A special guardianship order was made in favour of a non-relative in respect of a child, the judge having ruled out the father as a realistic option to care for the child. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, set the order aside due to a number of procedural defects in the matter, including a failure to carry out a comparative welfare analysis of the two realistic options.

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