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Home alone during the summer holidays

Last updated by on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The NSPCC has released figures from its helpline looking at calls from people worried that young children had been left at home unsupervised by a parent or carer during the summer holidays. Figures show that 849 referrals were made to the police during August 2017 by the helpline, a third of which were for children aged 5 or under. The NSPCC website includes tips and a tool to help parents and carers decide whether or not to leave their on their own for the first time this summer. 


Is my child ready to be left alone? (PDF)


NSPCC tool: Is my child ready to be left home alone?