Alone at home
Each child has its own rate of growing up and of course its own pace in reaching maturity. Therefore, there cannot be a single, ideal age, common to all children, at which it is safe for a child to be left alone at home. Parents and guardians are the only persons responsible for a child’s safety. If we leave a child alone at home at an “inappropriate” age we are setting it at risk and our conduct may be considered neglectful.
A child at an inappropriate age -not old enough- that does not feel comfortable being left alone, must never be left unattended at home.
According to the experts of NSPCC, the largest non-profit, non-governmental organisation engaged exclusively with the protection and safety of children against any form of abuse:
- Infants and Toddlers
Must NEVER be left alone at home.
- Children under 12 yrs.
Must not be left alone at home for long periods of time.
- Children under 16 yrs.
Must not spend the night alone at home.
- Children over 16 yrs.
Must not be left alone often and for long periods or many nights.