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School: parental responsibility
Parental responsibility means having all the rights, duties,
powers and responsibility of your child, as set out by the Children Act
It gives you the legal right to make decisions and choices, such
as where your child will live or go to school, but also the
responsibility of ensuring your child is given a proper
Find out who has parental responsibility on GOV.UK
If you are not the child’s mother, you can also
apply for parental responsibility.
In some cases parental responsibility will be shared with
others, such as the local authority, through a care order.
Details of court orders must be noted in a pupil’s record.
School staff will then know who can give parental permission for a
school visit, or be contacted if the child is ill, as well as what
to do in more difficult situations. For example, if a parent,
rather than a foster-parent, comes to collect a child in care from