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Staying Home Alone

Summer Safety - Home Alone

With your child out of school for the summer, you may be wondering if they are old enough to stay home alone. The Child and Family Services Act does not identify an age when a child can be left alone, or an age at which a child can supervise or babysit children. The Act recognizes that age alone is not a sufficient safeguard for the supervision of children. Various circumstances, including the child’s developmental level, ability to communicate, level of competence and their completion of the Home Alone course come into play. One should also consider the time of day the child will be left alone, how long they will be alone, the level of safety of the neighborhood they will be in, and the availability of a trusted adult to call should the need arise.