What is Parental Responsibility?
A person with parental responsibility is responsible for the care and well-being of their child. Unless a court order says something different that person can make importantdecisions about the child’s life, for example:
Providing a home for the child
Choosing where they go to school
Deciding the child’s religion
Protecting and caring for the child
Agreeing to medical/dental treatment for the child
Being responsible for the child’s property
Going with the child outside the UK for example on holiday, and agreeing to the child’s emigration, should the issue arise (As long as nobody has a Residence Order– in which case everyone with parental responsibility has to agree, or get a Court Order.)
Last updated: 28th September 2010
Further pages in Parental Responsibility
- You are here What is Parental Responsibility?
- Who has Parental Responsibility?
- Do I still have Parental Responsibility if my child is accommodated by Southend Borough Council?
- What you can expect of us
- What we expect of you