Guide for Schools dealing with Parental Responsibility
The Government has published guidance to schools for dealing with Parental Responsibility and separated parents to help schools understand their obligations and duties in relation to the rights and responsibilities of parents, as recognised by education law.
The general principle is Everyone who is a parent, as recognised under education law can participate in their child’s education.
Individuals who have parental responsibility for, or care of, a child have the same rights as biological parents. For example to:
- receive information – such as pupil reports
- participate in statutory activities – such as voting in elections for parent governors
- be asked to give consent - such as to the child taking part in school trips
- be informed about meetings involving the child - such as a governors’ meeting on the child’s exclusion
School and local authority staff must treat all parents equally, unless a court order limits a parent’s ability to make educational decisions, participate in school life or receive information about their children.
What is Parental Responsibility?
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Parental Responsibility: Education
Under the Education Act 1996, biological parents and those with parental responsibility are within their rights to receive the same information as the mother. There is also a Government leaflet (DfEE 0092/2000) entitled ‘The Schools, Parents and ...
Parental Responsibility: Case Law
AvA  EWHC 142 You can read the full judgment in context here: link. Decisions that could be taken independently and without any consultation or notification to the other parent. How the children are to spend their time during contact Personal ...
Who has Parental Responsibility?
A mother automatically has parental responsibility for her child from birth. A father usually has parental responsibility if he’s either: married to the child’s mother listed on the birth certificate (after a certain date, depending on which part of ...
Parental Responsibility: Health
Parental responsibility refers to the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. Parental responsibility includes the right of parents to consent to treatment on behalf of their children, provided ...
About Dads Unlimited
Dads Unlimited is a charity that supports mental health for men. We work with Dads to create positive co-parenting environments to improve the lives of the children of separated families and we work with male-victims of domestic abuse. You can find out more on our website www.dadsunltd.org.uk