So I'm not sure why you're getting all twisted up about me being allegedly aggressive, when you are comparing the sorts of people who let their kids roam the streets with parents who abandon them entirely.
A bit OT, but a comment from a PP brought up a huge red flag.... if you are a mandatory reporter, your boss/ superior is not allowed to tell you not to make a report. You can speak to your supervisor & they may tell you what they would do/ discuss it with you, but if you are a mandatory reporter & you are concerned, it is your decision whether or not to report.
Last Saturday I had my niece (9) for a sleepover, and arranged for DD (6) and her to go to the markets with $20, find the baker at the local farmers market, work out how many baguettes we would need for the number of people at our picnic and bring them home. They would need to cross the road, through (or around) a commercial building/civic centre and come straight home. They were so excited, and both being only-children don't get the opportunity that much to go out without an adult, and with that responsibility. Unfortunately, my sister (not Miss 9's mum) shadowed them the whole way so the whole learning experience was derailed. She ended up carrying the baguettes home for the kids (not letting the kids work out how to get them home past the ducks on their scooters). I was ****ed, I think that this is something that they should be experiencing at this age.
But five hours unsupervised just so that the mum could get them out of the house? No way. Good on you for reporting, perhaps the mum needs some help to work out better strategies.
And, actually, my superior HAS reported it. She said I didn't have to. She did. She named me too though as I am "involved".
ETA: We have a 7 and 9 year old and they go to the park themselves near us. But they have clear guidelines, and we pop our heads around to check on them. Their mum also lets them go to the shop every now and then (across a big road but there are lights and the kids know the area, and she gives them her mobile to call the landline if needed). They have been taught what to do in an emergency. They know the area.
It is so so different.
Last edited by DT75; 08-09-2015 at 19:46.
Because I care about the law, and have kids the same age.
Thanks to those who were helpful.
I am very surprised there aren't legal ages around this, even if they were only to be used as guidelines. Very strange.
As stated, a report has been made, and my supervisor says the mother will receive a visit next week. That's as much as I know now.
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