PARENTS who are thinking of leaving their children at home while embarking on the journey are urged to read the latest NSPCC advice.
Managing work and childcare over the six-week summer holiday can be challenging for parents, so the organization has offered advice on what can and should be done.
There is no legal age at which a child can be left home alone as each child matures differently, but it is against the law to leave a child alone if doing so will put them at risk.
Last year the charity’s helpline made 566 referrals to agencies in the West Midlands after coming into contact with children left without adult supervision, a 23 per cent increase on the previous year.
The NSPCC is bracing for another spike in calls this summer.
A spokesman said: “We would advise not to leave a child who is not feeling well.
“Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to deal with an emergency and should not be left home alone for long.
“And children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight.”
This summer, the NSPCC and Midlands-based SPAR store operator Blakemore Retail have teamed up to help families keep their children safe as part of the new Home or Alone campaign.
This campaign aims to help parents and carers decide whether their child is ready to stay home or go out alone unsupervised by giving them access to information, guidance and a new quiz. All of this can be found in the Home or Out Alone section of the NSPCC website at nspcc.org.uk/homealone.
The NSPCC Helpline is also available to any parent who needs help or support with a concern.
If you are concerned about a child, even if you are unsure, contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com.
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