Stats show concern over hundreds of children being left home alone during the summer holidays
Statistics from 2015 show that between July and September, the NSPCC helpline received 453 calls and emails from adults concerned about children being left unattended. Of these, 366 were so serious they were passed to police or social services.
As we enter the summer holidays, we're urging parents to think carefully before leaving their children home alone.
"I’m really worried about a young girl who’s been in the house by herself for a whole day now. Her mother visits her partner over the weekends. The child is always looking very sad and unkempt which upsets me. "
Anonymous / NSPCC Helpine caller
The law doesn't give a minimum age for leaving children alone at home but it’s against the law if it puts them at risk.
In 2015/16 our helpline received 1,729 calls and emails from adults concerned about children being left to fend for themselves. More than half of those referred to police or social services were under the age of 10.