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The law and child safety

Can you leave children home alone

You should never leave young children alone, not even for a short period of time.  The police will investigate and legal action may be taken if a child has been left alone.

Always leave your child in the care of an adult you trust.

And always make sure that anyone who looks after your child is responsible and that you trust them.  Never leave your child with a stranger.

If you need to arrange child care - check out the Scottish Child Care information line.

More information on this issue and the things a parent should consider before leaving an older child alone is available to download from the NSPCC