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what age can a child be left in themselves

louise.123 Avatar
7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
just wondering what the legal age is for someone to stay in themselves. its a long story but my little sister wants to move in with my dad but he leaves for work at 5am each morning so she would be in herself ( shes 14)
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Reckon thats ok...But depends if its all day...if all day id say 16.
#2
Seven.
#3
i do think its 14 in your own house well, the house she resides in, hth :)
#4
14 til 11.30pm
#5
wulshaz
14 til 11.30pm


thats it :thumbsup:
#6
I'm quite sure there is no legal age, it is up to the parents to decide but 14 is fine for that definitely... 14 year olds can babysit
#7
wulshaz
14 til 11.30pm


what about in the morning as it is really early
#8
There is no UK law stating the age at which a child can be left at home alone. However, parents can be prosecuted for wilful neglect if they leave a child alone or unsupervised "in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health" (Children and Young Persons Act 1933)

Before leaving an older child alone, parents must take into account the child's age and maturity, their ability to cope in an emergency and how they feel about being left alone. Most children under the age of 13 are not mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left alone for more than a short time.

We recommend that children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight.

NSPCC recomendations
#9
StudentJo
I'm quite sure there is no legal age, it is up to the parents to decide but 14 is fine for that definitely... 14 year olds can babysit


she is really mature for her age but i still wouldnt have her babysit at 14
banned#10
there is no legal age. Although parentsa can be prosecuted if neglect is proven
#11
14 should be well OK.

It depends on whether the child is trustworthy or not though. SOme children are very sensible and can be trusted to look after themselves around 13 years of age, I think most 14 year olds have got it.

I've just found a website to look at for you..
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/helpandadvice/publications/leaflets/homealone_pdf_wdf36243.pdf

hope that helps Xx
#12
michelleleemoo
There is no UK law stating the age at which a child can be left at home alone. However, parents can be prosecuted for wilful neglect if they leave a child alone or unsupervised "in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health" (Children and Young Persons Act 1933)

Before leaving an older child alone, parents must take into account the child's age and maturity, their ability to cope in an emergency and how they feel about being left alone. Most children under the age of 13 are not mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left alone for more than a short time.

We recommend that children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight.

NSPCC recomendations


Strong google. :)
#13
thesaint
Strong google. :)


good forearm :whistling:
#14
thesaint
Strong google. :)


Strong need to be loved..... :-D
#15
grex9101
Strong need to be loved..... :-D


me?
#16
Butterflies
14 should be well OK.

It depends on whether the child is trustworthy or not though. SOme children are very sensible and can be trusted to look after themselves around 13 years of age, I think most 14 year olds have got it.

I've just found a website to look at for you..
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/helpandadvice/publications/leaflets/homealone_pdf_wdf36243.pdf

hope that helps Xx


thanks very much
#17
I have a 3 year old daughter I leave all day while at work. We have a cat flap so its no problem.
#18
michelleleemoo
me?


nah, the wannabe mod :-D

:thumbsup:
#19
grex9101
nah, the wannabe mod :-D

:thumbsup:


ok, was gonna say. My lad donates monthly so we are familiar with NSPCC site :thumbsup:
#20
no there is a legal age and it is 14, just not sure when the time as such would start but it is defo 11.30!
#21
Jacko's dead now, so she'll be ok alone :)
#22
louise.123
she is really mature for her age but i still wouldnt have her babysit at 14


Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have a 14 year old babysitter for my son but a child over the age of 14 could technically be a babysitter
#23
StudentJo
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have a 14 year old babysitter for my son but a child over the age of 14 could technically be a babysitter


A child of any age could "technically" be a babysitter.
#24
my children are left with no one especially in this day and age always think first!
#25
thesaint
A child of any age could "technically" be a babysitter.


Don't quote me on this but I think it is either a law or commonly accepted that a child of 14 is old enough to babysit where a child of 13 is not...
#26
wulshaz
my children are left with no one especially in this day and age always think first!


Nothing happens now that didn't happen before. :)

StudentJo
Don't quote me on this but I think it is either a law or commonly accepted that a child of 14 is old enough to babysit where a child of 13 is not...


Sorry, just quoted you. There is no law, it's an old wives tale.
#27
Jed Maxwell
EDIT andywedge: post removed.

some things are just not funny :x
#28
wulshaz
some things are just not funny :x


lol... you tired? a good nights sleep will do you good.
#29
Jed Maxwell
Edit: andywedge - post removed.


lol.
that was funny.

Ignore sharon, she goes away eventually :-D
#30
Jed Maxwell;5607984
Edit: andywedge - post removed

LOL, excellent :D
#31
grex9101
lol.
that was funny.

Ignore sharon, she goes away eventually :-D


LOL

could of been worse. Could of told you another Michael Jackson Joke.....lol
#32
grex9101
lol.
that was funny.

Ignore sharon, she goes away eventually :-D

just like you! and stop calling me sharon! :x:-D
[mod]#33
Please show respect to the OP. There are plenty of misc threads where you can post chat.Plesae keep to the topic

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