You are here:

Communicating with separated parents

Ref: 4758
Last updated on 28 November 2016
School types: All · School phases: All
In-depth article
How should schools communicate with parents who are separated? We look at DfE guidance on parental responsibility and set out schools' administrative responsibilities in relation to parents. We also relay expert advice on court orders which limit an estranged parent's right to information.

Article tools

Want to read more?

To read this article in full, sign up for a free trial of The Key.

Membership starts from £1.10 per day and includes an unlimited number of logins for all of your governing body. If you join today, we'll also waive the £100 joining fee.

Membership gives school governors access to:

  • More than a thousand online articles, with information and resources to help governors get to grips with their role
  • Policy bank from schools and other organisations
  • Downloadable template forms and reports, and planners
  • Our unlimited 'Ask the expert' service
  • Pre-inspection resources, including questions that inspectors may ask
  • A weekly News Briefing


  1. 1 All parents should be treated equally
  2. 2 What are the school's administrative responsibilities? 
  3. 3 Sharing information about a child with their parents
  4. 4 Obtaining parental consent for outings and activities
  5. 5 Separated parent policies: examples from schools

Article features

  • 7 external links

The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence.