What parents need to consider before leaving children unattended

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush about some of the guidelines that parents should follow when determining if their children are old enough to be left unattended.

This comes after the BBC published an article which shows that more than 500 people were arrested in England and Wales in 2014-15 for leaving children unattended.

According to Bush, parents should ask themselves a couple of safety questions before making a decision to leave children alone at home like:

  • How long will you be gone for?
  • Can your children do basic first aid?
  • Is your swimming poll closed and secure?
  • Do they have telephone skills in case of an emergency?
  • What is the maturity of your children like?
  • What is security like in your home?

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:

It also depends on how prepared your children are to handle an emergency

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

One has to take into account that we are bring children up in a volatile situation like South Africa where we have a very high crime rate

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

But I do really believe that under the age of 12 to 14 you really cannot afford to leave your children alone at home

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert
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