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Staying Home Alone


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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/babysit other children. The Act recognizes that age alone is not a sufficient safeguard for the supervision of children.

A person who has charge of a child less than 16 years of age cannot leave the child without making provision or supervision that is reasonable under the circumstances. Considerations should include:

  • The level of competence
  • The ability to communicate
  • The developmental level
  • The completion of the Home Alone course needs to be considered
  • Review the schedule and day that the child will be left alone
  • How long they will be alone
  • The level of safety of the surrounding neighbourhood
  • The accessibility to a trusted adult in case of emergencies

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