What is Parental Responsibility (PR)?

  • Author:Dominique Dunning
  • Published:2021
  • Country: United Kingdom

What is Parental Responsibility (PR)?

The legal rights and responsibilities mothers and most fathers have for a child are known as “parental responsibility”. A mother automatically has parental responsibility when a child is born. A father usually has responsibility if he is married to the mother or listed on the birth certificate.
The role of Parental Responsibility has primary expectations that parents will:

  • Provide a home for the child.
  • Protect and maintain the child.

Along with the further expectation that parents will:

  • Discipline the child.
  • Choose and provide for the child’s education.
  • Agree to the child’s medical treatment.
  • Name the child and agree to any change of name.

Parents must ensure that their child is supported financially, whether they have parental responsibility or not.

When a child becomes “looked after” and there is no care order, parents continue to have parental responsibility for their child this is often referred to as “accommodated” or a Section 20.

In the event, a child is made the subject of a care order the local authority has legal responsibility for the child. Parents continue to have parental responsibility however the local authority can limit parental responsibility if this is necessary for the interest of the child’s welfare.

When a child is looked after the local authority will share responsibility for making the most important decisions such as:

  • Who looks after them.
  • Where they will live.
  • Where they are educated.

All other decisions are made at the Placement Planning Meeting using the Delegated Authority tool which provides an agreement for day-to-day decisions for the child’s care.

Foster Carers will always be reminded that while they provide a nurturing, safe and loving home for a child, they are not the parent and will not have Parental Responsibility while a child is looked after.

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