Is it ever acceptable to leave children home alone?

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The NSPCC has reported a substantial increase in calls about children being left home alone. 

The charity has urged parents to think carefully before leaving their children unsupervised during the school holidays, after seeing a 21% rise in contacts about the issue last summer from across the UK.

Although the law does not give a minimum age at which children can be left on their own, parents and carers can be prosecuted for cruelty to a child, which includes neglect, abandonment and failure to protect, if children are put at risk of suffering or injury.  

So this week, TFN is asking: is it ever acceptable to leave your children home alone? 

Get involved by registering your vote and leave a comment below. 

26th July 2019 by Gareth Jones 3 Comments

Is it ever acceptable to leave children home alone?

Poll results (total votes: 97)

Is it ever acceptable to leave children home alone?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
63
Ratio:
64.95%
Answer:
No
Votes:
34
Ratio:
35.05%

30th July 2019 by Tiiu Miller

Surely it's a daft question. People are classified as children up to their 18th birthday, but can get married at 16, and many at these ages are left to baby sit younger children. To make sense there should have been an age specified - children under 16/12/whatever.

30th July 2019 by Kathleen Caskie

I agree with Tiiu; daft question.It it ever acceptable to leave a 6 year old at home alone? No.It it ever acceptable to leave a 15 year old at home alone? Yes, of course.

6th August 2019 by CB

The law needs to be changed to protect really young children. I think there should be a minimum age that you can legally leave a child .