There are 671 million children under the age of 5 in the world, each day 35.5 million of them are left without adult supervision. That’s more than all of the 5-year-olds in Europe!
With families in the UK paying more than 30% of their income on Childcare, as a proportion of income, that is the highest in the developed world! It can sometimes put parents in a very difficult situation when deciding if your child is old enough to be home alone. Gauging if your child is old enough to be left alone is a very hard and serious decision, especially since there is little guidance on the appropriate age for a child to be left unaccompanied at home.
Rather than specifying an age, the law states that a parent could be prosecuted for neglect if they are placing a child at risk of harm if left home alone.
We have scoured the web and found a fantastic tool from NSPCC to help parents and carers to make an informed decision when it comes to deciding if their child is capable of being left alone at home, even for a short period of time. Take a look here: http://ow.ly/V71h30dMBvM
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