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A teenage child has been placed with another family member under an interim care order and attends a fee-paying school funded by the maternal grandparents. Can the local authority (LA) seek an order to change the schooling arrangements under the interim care order where one of the parents objects, or does the LAs parental responsibility pursuant to the interim order override the natural parent’s parental responsibility?

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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 22/01/2019

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  • A teenage child has been placed with another family member under an interim care order and attends a fee-paying school funded by the maternal grandparents. Can the local authority (LA) seek an order to change the schooling arrangements under the interim care order where one of the parents objects, or does the LAs parental responsibility pursuant to the interim order override the natural parent’s parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility is defined as all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property. A decision on a child’s schooling is one which necessarily involves the exercise of parental responsibility. See Practice Note: The meaning and scope of parental responsibility.

A care order on an interim basis (ie an interim care order) may be made by the court in any proceedings on an application for a care order or supervision order when the proceedings have yet to be concluded, pursuant to ChA 1989, s

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