The declarations required by section 23(5)(a) are statutory declarations by every person making the appointment and by the proposed additional guardian declaring—
(a) whether, in his or her opinion, the appointment is conducive to the welfare and best interests of the child; and
(b) whether, in his or her opinion, he or she has taken all reasonable steps to ascertain and consider any views expressed on it by the child; and
(c) (for a person making the appointment only) that he or she has seen the criminal record referred to in section 23(5)(b); and
(d) that, to the best of his or her knowledge,—
(i) the proposed additional guardian has never been convicted of an offence of the kind referred to in section 23(2)(d), and
(ii) there is no other reason why the proposed additional guardian is not an eligible spouse or partner of a parent (as defined in section 23(2)) in relation to the child.
Section 24(d)(ii): amended, on 1 July 2005, by section 3 of the Care of Children Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 5).