CHILD SAFETY AT HOL­I­DAY TIME

Rouse Hill Times - - NEWS - Vanessa Bradbury

CRIME Stop­pers NSW has some timely ad­vice to par­ents and guardians con­sid­er­ing leav­ing their child/chil­dren at home alone these school hol­i­days. They rec­om­mend:

Know your child’s level of ma­tu­rity when think­ing about leav­ing them alone.

When leav­ing your child at home for the first time, do it dur­ing the day for short pe­ri­ods.

Work out a set of home alone rules with your child.

Make sure your child has a list of con­tacts in­clud­ing safe neigh­bours.

There is no ac­tual law in Aus­tralia that states what age a child can be left alone but par­ents are legally re­spon­si­ble for their child’s safety and well­be­ing.

Par­ents have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide food, cloth­ing, a place to live, and safety and su­per­vi­sion for their chil­dren.

Ba­bies and tod­dlers should never be left alone. The po­lice or the Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices can re­move chil­dren from sit­u­a­tions where their safety is con­sid­ered to be in danger.

For in­for­ma­tion: http:// ● www.schoola­toz.nsw.edu.au/well­be­ing/devel­op­ment/leav­ing-your-chil­dren-at-home­alone

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