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In 2015 510 were people taken into custody for neglect after leaving their children unsupervised
According to a BBC’s Freedom of Information Request, 510 people were taken into custody in 2015 following reports that they had neglected their child by leaving them unsupervised in the home. One of the arrests involved a child who was only 6 months old. Shockingly, these numbers could be higher as only 28 out of 43 police forces in England and Wales responded to the request. There is no law about the age a child can be left alone, although the NSPCC have produced the Home Alone Guide: Need-to-Know: Is my child ready to be left alone? Which can be found here.
This story highlights a lack of clarity in the law and former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming is calling for clearer guidance for parents.
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