Law in Children’s Lives: Being Home Alone

Is it okay for children to be left at home alone?

What age can you be left at home on your own

What is the recommended age?

12.5 is quite close to what the NSPCC recommends. They suggest:

By listening to what children told Lex about this issue, we found that they take the issue very seriously and we recommend that children’s own views are the most important thing to consider when deciding if they can be left at home on their own.

Is there a law about this?

No. But anyone over 16 who is responsible for a younger child can be charged with an offence if they deliberately neglect or abandon the child, or cause the child to be neglected or abandoned, in a way that is likely to cause the child unnecessary suffering or injury to their health.

This is part of the Children and Young Person’s Act 1933, s 1.

Find out more

If you want to read more about this, you can look at the NSPCC guidance