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Is permission of both parents with parental responsibility required in order for a school to take a child abroad on a ski trip?

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Published on LexisPSL on 05/12/2017

The following Family Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Is permission of both parents with parental responsibility required in order for a school to take a child abroad on a ski trip?

This response considers whether the permission of both parents is necessary in order for a child under the age of 16 to go on a school trip outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales.

The considerations will be the same whether the child is being taken abroad by the school or by one of the parents. If there is no child arrangements order in place determining the parent with whom the child lives, then the written consent of both parents will be necessary for a school trip outside England and Wales. Failure to obtain consent will also run the risk of falling foul of the Child Abduction Act 1984 and/or the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

If there is a child arrangements order in force with respect to a child which states

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