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    Q454: At what age can children be left home alone?

    There is no minimum legal age for leaving a child home alone and it is down to the parent/guardian/carer to make that decision. Common sense would suggest that the child would have to be of an age where they could look after themselves, including coping with an emergency. For example, it would not be appropriate to leave a young child alone, for long periods of time or during the night. The NSPCC provide some further guidance on this subject, please see the website in Related Information.

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