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    Default Age of kids out alone/with same ages (NSW)

    Hi everyone,

    Been looking for information on what ages, legally, kids can be allowed to be left alone (or rather be left to go somewhere alone).

    Have some concerns regarding things that have been said, and would like to know if I am being silly.

    I will share the basic, first (that I heard) story later. Just want to know the legal stuff first.

    In NSW, thanks.

    If you have links, awesome, please share.

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    There is no specific age in the eyes of the law.

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    Really? I find that very difficult to believe.
    How can they prosecute people for leaving kids home alone then?

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    I think it might be 12 years old. That number just rings a bell for me.

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    I'm not 100% sure for NSW, but most - if not all - states have no specific age. There's usually a clause along the lines of "unreasonable risk" etc.

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    Not sure but I will decide what age my child is left home alone, noone else.

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    I think it is 12 to be left alone and 14 to be left with younger siblings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Not sure but I will decide what age my child is left home alone, noone else.
    Totally get that. But that's not what I was asking at all.

    What age would that be for you.

    Okay, so its a 9 and 7 year old going to the park just the two of them (for up to 5 hours).

    The park is a 15 minute (at least) walk away, across 4 busy roads- 2 of which do not have a crossing or lights.

    There is other stuff too but that was the main problem.
    Last edited by DT75; 07-09-2015 at 20:01.

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    I personally probably wouldn't let my kids go for that long alone to the park, but it wouldn't particularly cause me alarm if I heard of someone else's kid doing it. People used to do it all the time, and it's no more dangerous these days (and that's a fact)- society's perceptions have just changed.
    I think that in terms of the guidelines around kids being unattended that it would all be part of a much bigger picture, not just that kids are off playing on their own.

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