What is Parental Responsibility?
All mothers and most fathers
have legal rights and responsibilities as a parent - known as ‘parental responsibility’.
If you have parental responsibility, your most important roles are to:
- provide a home for the child
- protect and maintain the child
If you have parental responsibility for a child you don’t live with,
you don’t necessarily have a right to contact with them - but the other
parent still needs to keep you updated about their well-being and
You’re also responsible for:
- disciplining the child
- choosing and providing for the child’s education
- agreeing to the child’s medical treatment
- naming the child and agreeing to any change of name
- looking after the child’s property
Parents have to ensure that their child is supported financially, whether they have parental responsibility or not.
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 ...
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 ...
Parent's Letter to School
Attached to this article is a letter template which some of our Dads have found useful to communicate their parental responsibility to their children's school. As a way of making sure they are notified regarding - * Any parents evenings or other ...
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 ...
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