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Parenting and Your Parental Rights

Parenthood can be a tough job for many parents, but it is also one of the most rewarding. This parenting section explains the basics and your legal rights of being a parent. The principle role of a parenting is raising a child. But, acting as a mother or a father goes beyond the biological relationship.

BEING A PARENT: This guide is full of helpful tips and free advice for modern families. The aim is to make parenting easier.

Parenthood begins from pregnancy and runs through to graduation. But, there is a lot of parenting to carry out between these two phases.

Let’s start by explaining the meaning of parenting. It is the process of child rearing – or raising children.

But, being a parent includes promoting and supporting your child as well. As a young offspring, they will need their parents’ help through the many different parts of child development.

Children grow quickly from infancy to adulthood. They will experience emotional, physical, social, and intellectual changes throughout their development.

The information in this parenting rules guide aims to fill the gaps with help and advice on key topics that make a difference and simplify parenthood.

Mothering and Fathering Guide

Child Learning and Safety

Child Employment

Legislation on child employment has certain restrictions for teenagers under 18 years old. Check what type of work young workers can do and for how many hours each week.

Children’s Rules

Helping parents establish basic house rules for small kids and toddlers. The list of rules for children help improve family life and well-being for youngsters.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The standards set out in the early years foundation stage is statutory guidance – issued by law. Thus, all early years providers must follow the EYFS curriculum and framework.

Police Checks

You can get the police to check the background of someone involved with a child. Once you visit your local police station they will see if the person has a record of sexual offences.

Child Maintenance

Enforcement Action

There are several ways of enforcing a child maintenance decision. Find out how to get enforcement action of child maintenance if one parent lives abroad.

Family-Based Arrangements

There are advantages of arranging child maintenance yourself instead of Child Maintenance Options. Find out how to arrange child maintenance using family-based arrangements.

Note: Children may get taken into care if there are professional concerns about their welfare. Find out what happens if your child is taken into care and who has the responsibility for making decisions.

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISA)

The guide explains how to open a Junior Individual Savings Account (ISA) for a child. Find out how to manage the account and add money into a Junior ISA.

Legal Parenthood of Children

Child Abduction

You can get help to apply to have your child returned if they got abducted. They can also help to arrange contact with a child taken abroad.

Parental Orders

Check how to become the legal parent of a child in United Kingdom. Find out how to get a parental order using the C52 acknowledgement form.

Re-Registering a Birth

It is not always possible for the father to be present following a birth. But, there is a way to add a father’s name to a birth certificate at a later date.

Correct a Birth Certificate

Certain people can apply to change the original registration. Check out how to correct a birth registration with the register office.

DNA Testing

The tests are commonly used in child maintenance cases and in inheritance disputes. The guide explains how to get a DNA test in the United Kingdom.

Short-term Care

You can apply for short-term care to get a break from caring for a disabled child. The council will inform you what activities are available for children with disabilities.


Some couples consider surrogacy as a practical arrangement for creating a family. Check out the legal rights for surrogates and intended parents when using surrogates or donors.

Underage Drinking

Stopping your children getting and drinking alcohol can be a challenge. Even so, you should be aware of UK underage drinking laws and the penalties for violations.

Parenting and Your Parental Rights in United Kingdom