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In Loco Parentis

Definition - What does In Loco Parentis mean?

In loco parentis is a Latin term that means "in place of a parent." In the context of the law, it is used to refer to the responsibilities of people who look after children when their parents are not around.

Teachers and babysitters are often people who have legal responsibilities in loco parentis.

Justipedia explains In Loco Parentis

People who look after children when their parents are not around often have a legal obligation to look after them properly. This means making sure that they are not in danger, that they are being fed, that they do not allow the children to participate in reckless or illegal behavior, etc. If the person who had a responsibility in loco parentis fails to live up to this responsibility, then legal action could be taken against them.

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