Home alone during the summer holidays

The NSPCC has released figures from its helpline looking at calls from people worried that young children had been left at home unsupervised by a parent or carer during the summer holidays.

Figures show that 849 referrals were made to the police during August 2017 by the helpline, a third of which were for children aged 5 or under.

The NSPCC website includes tips and a tool to help parents and carers decide whether or not to leave their on their own for the first time this summer.

NSPCC: Concern over young children left home alone for the summer holidays

NSPCC Need to Know Guide: Is my child ready to be left alone?

NSPCC tool: Is my child ready to be left home alone?