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Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility

Editor(s): Rebecca Probert, Stephen Gilmore, Jonathan Herring
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Published: 12-05-2014
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 366
ISBN: 9781472564740
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility

This book examines the idea of 'parental responsibility' in English law and what is expected of a responsible parent. The scope of 'parental responsibility', a key concept in family law, is undefined and often ambiguous. Yet, to date, more attention has been paid to how individuals acquire parental responsibility than to the question of the rights, powers, duties and responsibilities they have once they obtain it. This book redresses the balance by providing the first sustained examination of the different elements of parental responsibility, bringing together leading scholars to comment on specific aspects of its operation.

The book begins by exploring the conceptual underpinnings of parental responsibility in the context of parents' and children's rights. The analysis highlights the inherent constraints and limitations of 'parental responsibility' and how its scope has deliberately been curtailed in certain contexts. The book then considers what parental responsibility allows and requires in specific areas, for example, naming a child, education, religious upbringing, medical treatment, corporal punishment, dealing with any contracts entered into or property owned by the child, representing the child in legal proceedings, consenting to a child's marriage or civil partnership and the law's response to the death of a child. In the final section, the idea of the 'responsible parent' is considered in the contexts of child support, contact, tort, and criminal law.

Table Of Contents

1 Introduction: Parental Responsibility-Law, Issues and Themes STEPHEN GILMORE, JONATHAN HERRING AND REBECCA PROBERT
Part I Parental Responsibility: General Issues
2 Is Anything Now Left of Parental Rights? ANDREW BAINHAM
3 Establishing and Ending Parental Responsibility: A Comparative View JENS M SCHERPE
4 The Limits of Parental Responsibility STEPHEN GILMORE
5 The Degradation of Parental Responsibility HELEN REECE
Part II The Content of Parental Responsibility
6 The Shaming of Naming: Parental Rights and Responsibilities in the Naming of Children JONATHAN HERRING
7 Parental Responsibility and Religion RACHEL TAYLOR
8 Parental Responsibility and Education: Taking a Long View DANIEL MONK
9 Parental Responsibility and Corporal Punishment SHAZIA CHOUDHRY
10 Parental Responsibility and Children's Health Care Treatment LYNN HAGGER
11 'Don't Spend It All at Once!': Parental Responsibility and Parents' Responsibilities in Respect of Children's Contracts and Property ELIZABETH COOKE
12 Children's Representation by Their Parents in Legal Proceedings CAROLINE SAWYER
13 Parental Responsibility and Children's Partnership Choices REBECCA PROBERT
14 Parental Responsibility, Relational Responsibility: Caring for and Protecting Children after their Death
Part III Responsible Parenting
15 Financial Support for Children after Parental Separation: Parental Responsibility and Responsible Parenting NICK WIKELEY
16 Parental Responsibility and the Responsible Parent: Managing the 'Problem' of Contact
17 Parental Responsibility for Juvenile Offending in English Law ROGER LENG
18 Parental Liability for Harm Caused by Children: A Comparative Analysis PAULA GILIKER


“Parental responsibility remains a core concept in family law and as a unique and comprehensive compendium on this issue, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in building their knowledge of the doctrine and concept of parenthood in English law. There can be few people who would not be better informed as a result of having read it and fewer still who would not find something of interest in it.” –  Leanne Smith, Child and Family Law Quarterly, Volume 22, No. 2

“This is a valuable book for students and practitioners alike.” –  Child Right, Issue 258

Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility is an excellent collection of essays. The book represents a major contribution to the literature on this important topic and will be invaluable to all those interested in the law and policy relating to parents and children. Each chapter is of high quality and can be read in isolation for those interested in a particular topic; but at the same time, the collection holds together very well and makes for a coherent and enjoyable read for those whose interests are broader … I recommend Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility to readers … wholeheartedly.” –  Rob George, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, Volume 24, No. 1

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