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Home or out alone guide

Publication date June 2021

A guide to help parents and carers decide whether their child is ready to either stay at home or go out alone

This guide provides practical tips and advice to help parents and carers decide what is best for their child when it comes to staying home alone or going out alone.

It covers some of the risks parents should consider before making a decision, such as how their child feels about the idea and who they should contact in an emergency.

There is also a checklist for parents and children to work through together to help them prepare for different types of scenarios. This includes questions about what to do if there is an accident at home or they are approached by a stranger outside.

Home or out alone: a guide to help you decide if your child is ready to stay home or go out alone
Download the guide (PDF)
Dadlwythwch Aros Gartref neu Fynd Allan ar ei ben ei hun: Canllaw i’ch helpu chi i benderfynu a yw eich plentyn yn barod i aros gartref neu i fynd allan ar ei ben ei hun (fersiwn Cymraeg)
Dadlwythwch y canllaw (PDF)

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