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How old should my child be before I can leave them home alone?

Many parents of 'tweenagers' may be unsure what to do about childcare over the holiday period and may also be under pressure from their children to trust them but what is the legal position on this? 

There is in fact no legal age when it is permitted 'safe' to leave children unsupervised for periods as it very much depends on each child's level of maturity and how they would cope if an emergency arose.

The NSPCC have issued some guidance on this in the below article and you can also access a quiz you can take on their website to help you determine if your tween is ready. 

Parents thinking of leaving their children at home while they head out are being urged to read the latest NSPCC advice.


summerholidays, childcare, tweenagers, family law