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Staying safe away from home

When is it safe for your child to go out alone?

NSPCC

Some guidance from the NSPCC

It's something every parent experiences. The day that their child starts asking if they can go out on their own or with friends. It's just a natural part of their growing independence and, like every part of growing up, it can be a challenging hurdle for a parent to overcome.Just like deciding when a child's old enough to be left at home on their own, there's no set age when you know it will be safe for them to go out without you. Obviously, toddlers and young children won't be able to stay safe without you watching over them, and even older children have different levels of maturity. So some 11 year olds will be quite capable of going to the park or the shops on their own but others might not be ready to do this safely.

As well as thinking about how mature your child is for their age, the decision about whether you're happy for them to go out alone will depend on where they're planning to go. For example, going to the playground round the corner is very different to catching a bus to the local shops.

Because we all want our children to be as safe as possible, you really need to feel comfortable before letting them go out on their own. So some of the questions to ask yourself before you make up your mind are:

  • where and when do they want to go?
  • what do they want to do there?
  • who's going to be with them?
  • how far away are they going?
  • what time will they be back?
  • how can I reach them?

 

Being aware of the risks outside the home

It's a good idea to be aware of the risks that children out alone might face – just to check that you've considered ways to minimise them. Risks could include:

  • getting lost
  • danger from traffic
  • bullying from other children
  • stranger danger
  • grooming
  • running into gangs
  • exposure to alcohol or drugs


It might seem like a scary list, but your guidance can help your child keep themselves safe. It'll also help build their self-confidence and independence at the same time.

NSPCC guide on out alone: your guide to keeping your child safe away from home  click here to see the full document

News

Disrespect NoBody campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017.

The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

Please click on the link below to download the partner brief and campaign materials.
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Disrespect_NoBody_2017.pdf.pdf

Click here to go to their website