One size fits all rule will not work

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

A RE­CENT YouGov poll com­mis­sioned by The Times re­vealed that two thirds of par­ents want the gov­ern­ment to set a min­i­mum age limit be­low which to leave a child at home alone would con­sti­tute a crim­i­nal of­fence.

But is fur­ther leg­is­la­tion needed and what would it achieve?

Un­der leg­is­la­tion dat­ing back to 1933, which is still reg­u­larly used, if a child left un­su­per­vised is at risk of in­jury (but is ac­tu­ally un­harmed), the per­son re­spon­si­ble for that child could face up to 10 years’ im­pris­on­ment by the Crown

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