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    what age can a child be left in themselves

    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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    Reckon thats ok...But depends if its all day...if all day id say 16.

    Seven.

    i do think its 14 in your own house well, the house she resides in, hth

    14 til 11.30pm

    wulshaz;5607836

    14 til 11.30pm



    thats it :thumbsup:

    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

    Original Poster

    wulshaz;5607836

    14 til 11.30pm



    what about in the morning as it is really early

    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

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    StudentJo;5607850

    I'm quite sure there is no legal age, it is up to the parents to decide … 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

    there is no legal age. Although parentsa can be prosecuted if neglect is proven

    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..
    nspcc.org.uk/hel…pdf

    hope that helps Xx

    michelleleemoo;5607855

    There is no UK law stating the age at which a child can be left at home … 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.

    thesaint;5607869

    Strong google.



    good forearm :whistling:

    thesaint;5607869

    Strong google.



    Strong need to be loved..... :-D

    grex9101;5607884

    Strong need to be loved..... :-D



    me?

    Original Poster

    Butterflies;5607864

    14 should be well OK.It depends on whether the child is trustworthy or … 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.pdfhope that helps Xx



    thanks very much

    I have a 3 year old daughter I leave all day while at work. We have a cat flap so its no problem.

    michelleleemoo;5607894

    me?



    nah, the wannabe mod :-D

    :thumbsup:

    grex9101;5607915

    nah, the wannabe mod :-D:thumbsup:



    ok, was gonna say. My lad donates monthly so we are familiar with NSPCC site :thumbsup:

    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!

    Jacko's dead now, so she'll be ok alone

    louise.123;5607857

    she is really mature for her age but i still wouldnt have her babysit at … 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

    StudentJo;5607943

    Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have a 14 year old babysitter for my son … 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.

    my children are left with no one especially in this day and age always think first!

    thesaint;5607952

    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...

    wulshaz;5607956

    my children are left with no one especially in this day and age always … 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;5607966

    Don't quote me on this but I think it is either a law or commonly … 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.

    Jed Maxwell;5607984

    EDIT andywedge: post removed.


    some things are just not funny :x

    wulshaz;5607994

    some things are just not funny :x



    lol... you tired? a good nights sleep will do you good.

    Jed Maxwell;5607984

    Edit: andywedge - post removed.



    lol.
    that was funny.

    Ignore sharon, she goes away eventually :-D

    Jed Maxwell;5607984

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    LOL, excellent

    grex9101;5608028

    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

    grex9101;5608028

    lol.that was funny.Ignore sharon, she goes away eventually :-D


    just like you! and stop calling me sharon! :x:-D

    mod

    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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