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Parental responsibility- What is it and how is it gained and lost

16.08.17

Parental responsibility- What is it and how is it gained and lost (England and Wales) is a briefing note published by the House of Commons Library, on the legal concept of ‘parental responsibility’ as set out in the Children Act 1989.

It covers a definition of parental responsibility, the importance of the child’s welfare within parental responsibility and dwindling parental responsibility as a child gets older and is better able, and mature enough, to understand their situation and form their own opinion.

The brief also covers who can acquire parental responsibility, and how, parental responsibility orders and agreements, restrictions on the exercise of parental responsibility, and its loss.

The brief can be read in full on the House of Commons Library website, along with other relevant notes on legislation.