Surge in reports of children being left at home during school holidays, NSPCC says

According to The Independent the charity has urged parents to think carefully before leaving their children on their own after it published data revealing that 5,737 calls and emails were made to its helpline in 2018-19 about the issue. Nearly a third of those calls and emails were made during the summer of 2018, the data revealed. 

Callers expressed a range of reasons for their concerns, including children being left alone at night, having to make food for themselves and using unsafe kitchen appliances.

Louise Exton, a manager at the NSPCC helpline, said: “Childcare is the biggest cost for families after housing, which could explain why we see a spike in calls to our helpline during these months. Leaving your child home alone can be a difficult decision as children mature at different ages – there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer.

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