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 ...
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
[PARENT NAME] [PARENT ADDRESS] Dear [HEADTEACHER NAME], Ref: [CHILD/CHILDRENS NAMES] As the biological Father of [CHILD/CHILDRENS NAMES], and with legal parental responsibility, please can I ensure that my contact details are attached to ...
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 ...
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 ...
About Dads Unlimited
Dads Unlimited is a charity that supports separated families. We work with Mums, Dads, Grandparents, and Guardians to create positive co-parenting environments to improve the lives of the children of separated families. You can find out more on our website www.dadsunltd.org.uk