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One who is formally appointed to look after a child's interests on the death of the child's parents. Appointment can be made either by the courts during family proceedings, if it is considered necessary for the child's welfare, or privately by any parent with parental responsibility. Under the Children Act 1989 a private appointment does not have to be by deed or will but merely made in writing, dated, and signed by the person making it. A guardian automatically has parental responsibility for the child.

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