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
An NHS nurse had to send her two youngest children home to Kenya because she could not afford the thousands of pounds she would have to have paid for the government’s “health surcharge” on workers coming from outside the European Economic Area. Evaline Omondi, a nurse from Kenya was asked to come up with an immediate payment of £3,600, to cover three years of fees for two adults and her four children. Ms Omondi, who works in Luton, Bedfordshire, described the introduction of the charge as an “awful moment” that has scattered her family. Read more Government to review EHIC applications after ‘health tourism’ claims Patients must show passport to use NHS in ‘health tourism’ crackdown NHS ‘tourism’ crackdown pursues destitute mothers Health tourism clampdown ‘puts public at risk,’ claims think-tank They were forced to take out loans for the upfront costs, but still did not have enough and she had … [Read more...] about NHS nurse forced to send children home to Kenya because she couldn’t afford Home Office health surcharge
With the summer holidays fast approaching, working parents might be worried about how they will arrange childcare. Mums, dads and guardians who rely on childminders and relatives will on occasion be let down and find themselves without anyone to look after the kids. This leaves them in a quandary. Do they leave a child or children home alone or do they take unscheduled time off work that puts extra pressure on co-workers? Surprisingly, the law does not specify an age at which children can be left alone. However, parents may be prosecuted for cruelty and neglect if children are placed at risk, the Nottingham Post reports. The NSPCC has issued some advice on the issue, which should help you to decide if it's appropriate for your children to be home alone. The official guidelines Babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone; Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time; … [Read more...] about What age can you leave your children home alone?
A MUM left her two little children home alone for four hours while she went shopping, a jury was told. Burnley Crown Court heard receipts showed the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went shopping at Farmfoods, the British Heart Foundation and Subway in Blackburn while her children, aged two and five, were left unattended at home. When police went to investigate, the woman is alleged to have said her estranged husband had been looking after the children. And when that was proved not to be the case the woman is alleged to have contacted a man, named in court as Bashar, and asked him to tell police he was looking after the children when she was out. She is then said to have written a letter to the police and social services purporting to be Bashar saying that he had been looking after the children. Prosecuting Charles Brown said: “Events came to light on June 22, last year, when a council refuse collection driver called at the defendant’s house in … [Read more...] about TRIAL: Mum ‘left young children home alone for 4 hours to go shopping’
A cash-strapped city school is proposing cutting staff, classroom support and the length of the school week – or face running out of money. St St Anselm's School in Canterbury has written to parents describing its bleak financial position, which requires governors to make savings of up to £480,000 a year. As well as job losses, it is suggesting that one school day of the week, most likely Friday, will finish an hour earlier, at 2.30pm. St Anselm's School in Canterbury Parents learned of the academy’s plans in a consultation letter from head teacher Mike Walters and the chairman of governors, Dr Mark Johnstone. In it, they reveal the school is receiving the same funding today as it did five years ago, but that inflation, increased bills and employment costs are forcing it to review its budgets. Parents are being told: “If we do nothing, we will simply run out of money. "There is no easy solution to this and it will mean a reduction in the amount of … [Read more...] about Cash-strapped school could send children home early