Out alone guide Need-to-know: is my child ready to go out alone?

Illustration of a child's backpackGetting the balance right between allowing children their independence and ensuring their safety when away from home can be difficult.

This guide provides advice and practical tips to parents on judging if a child is ready to be out on their own and how to prepare them for different situations such as walking to and from school by themselves, attending sports or holiday clubs, or going out to play with friends.

It explains the importance of parents talking to their children from a young age about the risks and how to stay safe when they’re out alone, such as what to do if they’re approached by a stranger, are bullied or get lost.

There is also a pull-out that parents can fill in with important information on their child’s club, such as who they can talk to if they have any concerns. 

Also useful for any service or professional offering parenting advice to those caring for young children or teenagers. 

Author: NSPCC
Published: 2015

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