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Parental Responsibility Form

It is important for schools to know who are the pupil’s parents and whether there are any court orders limiting an individual parent’s parental responsibility.

Parental responsibility can be shared between a number of people and section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines these in the following terms:

  • All natural (biological) parents, whether they are married or not;
  • Any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person
  • Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person (having care of a child or young person means that the child lives with and is looked after by that person, irrespective of what their relationship is).

Having parental responsibility means assuming all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has by law. People other than a child’s natural parents can acquire parental responsibility through:

  • Being granted a residence order
  • Being appointed a guardian
  • Being named in an emergency protection order (although parental responsibility in such a case is limited to taking reasonable steps to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare)
  • Adopting a child
  • A local authority can acquire parental responsibility if it is named in the care order for a child

To ensure that the information school holds for your child is accurate and up to date, please complete the following details for all the people who have parental responsibility for your child.