During the summer holidays I’ll need to leave my children, aged 11 and 13, home alone while I’m at work. Is this legal, and could I leave them overnight occasionally as well?Chris Cloke, NSPCC head of safeguarding in communities, says: “We can understand the difficulties that parents face during the school holidays, and of course, all year round.“As odd as it may seem, there isn’t a set legal age for leaving children home alone. The rate at which children mature really varies so it would be almost impossible to come up with a one-size fits all law. It therefore feels most appropriate to leave the choice to parents who know their children best. That said, this doesn’t mean there are no laws at all on leaving children home alone. If a parent or carer has placed their child at risk by leaving them, they can be prosecuted for neglect.“At the NSPCC we believe no child should ever be left at home alone if they don’t feel comfortable … [Read more...] about Ask an expert: Is it OK to leave my children home alone?
A children's charity is asking parents and carers not to leave young children at home on their own now the school summer holidays have started. The NSPCC says referrals from the charity to social services or police due to concerns about children being left to fend for themselves consistently peaks in August. The charity referred 849 children to the authorities in August 2017, a third of whom were under the age of five, while a total of 7,277 children were referred throughout 2017/18. Although a child may seem responsible enough to be left alone, the charity warned, parents and carers should think carefully about whether they would be able to cope with unexpected situations such as an emergency, a stranger calling at the door or if the parent is away longer than expected. Read More Stories for parents Sandra McNair, the NSPCC's head of service in Stoke-on-Trent, told StokeonTrentLive : "It can be difficult for parents and carers to decide whether their child is ready to be left on … [Read more...] about What is the law on leaving children home alone during holidays
Many parents agonize over the most appropriate age to leave their children unattended at home and the law does not provide much guidance. While there is no legal age requirement, the UK Government website does say it is an offence to leave children home alone if it puts them at risk. In England and Wales, any carers can be prosecuted for neglect under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) offered parents some guidelines on keeping children safe at home. The society said babies and toddlers should never be left alone even if they are napping. It also advises that children under 12 should not be left at home for a long period of time because they are rarely mature enough to handle an emergency. For overnight stays, children should usually be 16 or older. poll loading Would you leave a 12-year-old home alone? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Yes No Depends on the child The organisation said parents should go beyond their … [Read more...] about The debate continues over when you can leave children home alone
Parents and carers are being reminded not to leave young children home alone as the summer holidays get underway. Last August, the NSPCC's helpline made referrals involving 849 children to police and social services due to concerns about them being left unsupervised by their parent or carer. A third of these were aged five and under.Throughout 2017/18, there were 7,277 children referred to authorities due to concerns about them being left to fend for themselves, with the problem being most acute in August during the long school holidays.The NSPCC has warned that although a child may seem responsible enough to be left alone without supervision, parents and carers should think carefully whether they would be able to cope with unexpected situations such as an emergency, a stranger calling at the house, being hungry or if the parent is away for longer than anticipated.The charity is also encouraging parents to read its home alone guide which includes questions they should ask themselves … [Read more...] about NSPCC reminds parents not to leave young children home alone as school holidays get underway
The NSPCC has reminded parents to not leave children home alone over the summer holidays. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire A charity has reminded parents to not leave young children at home alone as the start of the summer holidays nears. The NSPCC said that last August its helpline made 849 referrals involving children around the country to police and social services due to concerns over them being unsupervised by their parent or carer. A third were aged five or under. During 2017/18, there were 7,277 children referred to authorities in total, with the problem most acute in August. Sarah Lambley, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Norfolk, said: “It can be difficult for parents and carers to decide whether their child is ready to be left on their own and we know that the summer holidays can be a tricky time as people face increasing childcare pressures. “However, it is still very concerning that we are consistently seeing a spike in August of referrals to social … [Read more...] about Charity’s reminder to not leave children home alone as summer school holiday nears