Frequently asked questions for fathers


Children's services are involved in my child's life, what are my rights as a father?

The Children Act 1989 sets out the main powers and duties of the local authority to keep children safe and promote their wellbeing. Whenever the term 'parent' is used in the Children Act (or its associated guidance) it includes all biological fathers whether or not you have parental responsibility.

However, if there is a possibility of your child being adopted, the relevant law is the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Any reference to 'parents' in relation to adoption does not include fathers without parental responsibility. If this applies to you, it is important that you seek advice immediately about how to obtain parental responsibility.


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