Parents & Carers

Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility and the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP) brings together all agencies and organisations who work with children and their family in Richmond to promote the welfare of children and young people. It co-ordinates safeguarding through each of the partnership’s subgroups, as well as a number of specific safeguarding subgroups to carry out its functions.

The Children Act 2004 Section 11 and the Education Act 2002 Section 175 (c.32) outline agencies that provide services to children and their family, including services they commission and their responsibilites to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Regardless of gender, age, disability, sexuality or race every child is considered within the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP)’s work and place great emphasis to ensure participation of children and young people, especially through hearing the child’s voice.


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Parental Responsibility 

What is parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility is the term used to describe the rights and responsibilities parents have to care and provide for their children and make important decisions about their upbringing.

If you have parental responsibility, your most important roles are to:

  • provide a home for the child
  • protect and maintain the child

You are also responsible for:

  • disciplining the child
  • choosing and providing for the child’s education
  • agreeing to the child’s medical treatment
  • naming the child and agreeing to any change of name
  • looking after the child’s property

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


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