Parental responsibility: guide for schools and local authorities

Guidance for local authorities and schools dealing with adults who have legal rights and responsibilities for children at their school.



This guide is for:

  • school governing bodies
  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • local authorities
  • diocesan boards

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • local-authority-maintained nursery schools
  • academies and free schools

It explains what to do when there are disputes between a number of adults, each claiming to have parental responsibility for a particular child.

Published 6 January 2016