CHILD SAFETY AT HOLIDAY TIME
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