Home alone: is my child ready to be left alone?

The NSPCC has released a guide to give sound advice and useful tips to help parents/carers decide in which situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Even though there is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, parents/carers can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering.

The guide explains the risks of leaving babies and younger children unattended, and provides helpful advice on what qualities and experience to look for when choosing a babysitter or appropriate childcare. 

There is a quiz for parents/carers and children which explores how the child feels about being left at home alone and what they might do in different scenarios, such as a power cut or if someone came to the door. Parents/carers can fill in the ‘while I’m away’ pull-out with times and contact numbers and stick it on the fridge before they go out.

Please click here to view the guide. Alternatively, it can be found on the Safeguarding section of our website.