What is Parental Responsibility?


Parental Responsibility is defined in law by the Children Act as:

  • ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the ‘child at his property’.
  • People with Parental Responsibility are entitled to determine certain aspects of a child’s life, including but not limited to:
    1. Where the child should live.
    2. Where the child should go to school.
    3. What, if any, religion they have.
    4. What name they should have.
    5. Withholding or consenting medical treatment.
    6. Dealing with their money or property.
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