The NSPCC has reported a substantial increase in calls about children being left home alone.
The charity has urged parents to think carefully before leaving their children unsupervised during the school holidays, after seeing a 21% rise in contacts about the issue last summer from across the UK.
Although the law does not give a minimum age at which children can be left on their own, parents and carers can be prosecuted for cruelty to a child, which includes neglect, abandonment and failure to protect, if children are put at risk of suffering or injury.
So this week, TFN is asking: is it ever acceptable to leave your children home alone?
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Is it ever acceptable to leave children home alone?