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    Probably D. DS is 7 and I've been leaving him home alone for incrementally longer periods since he was 5. First to run to the chemist (100m away) and now he's 7 and I leave him for up to an hour to go get his sister from kindergarten. He knows how to FaceTime me and he's perfectly happy to be left at home- he doesn't even notice I've gone!
    We live in a block of flats and we know all our neighbours really well so he knows which doors to knock on if he needs anything.

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    That would be with a mobile phone so they could call if needed. I say half an hour because that means I'm not far away and could return in a hurry. That said, each kid is different. Some kids wouldn't be comfy being left at that age. It's a parental judgment thing.

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    I was told by a lawyer friend that Qld is the only state with a law stating a specific age, which is 12. The law says that a child under 12 can't be left alone for an unreasonable period of time but she said that its generally interpreted to be 'do not leave under 12s home alone' as people have been successfully prosecuted for even fairly trivial periods of time.

    I've been tempted to leave my 11 year old home alone to pop to the shops but haven't so far as she's so close to 12 I may as well play it safe and wait.

    In other states its much more flexible.

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    Leaving a child 12 and under at home alone isnt technically illegal UNLESS something happens to the child while left unattended. Then there are a zillion questions and possible child neglect charges. If the house burns down because they try and make themselves food, if they trip and fall and hit their head and become unconscious, if a stranger at the door forces their way in. The first question from both the police and child protection and even society when it makes the news will be "Where were the parents" or more specifically "Where was the mother" because society likes to blame mothers.
    So personally, nope, would not risk it.

    I actually think that the Government is saying by default that leaving a child at home at 13 is okay because you cant book a 13 year old into any form of childcare.

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    I would like to say a, but I'll go with b
    my eldest is 7.5 and the other day my other kids wanted to go get some hot chips from the fish and chip shop across the road and my son didn't want to go.
    I felt guilty as hell but I said ok. I can see my house the whole time but i still felt guilty. Hahah. So yeah, I'm more towards a) but the fact that I did that the other day means I have to answer b)

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    Between b and c

    I leave her home with her sisters while I race to the corner store- it's 15 minute trip (20 if the shop is busy). I always let our neighbours know and they keep an eye and ear out and she know if there are any issues to go to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel3072 View Post
    Leaving a child 12 and under at home alone isnt technically illegal UNLESS something happens to the child while left unattended. Then there are a zillion questions and possible child neglect charges. If the house burns down because they try and make themselves food, if they trip and fall and hit their head and become unconscious, if a stranger at the door forces their way in. The first question from both the police and child protection and even society when it makes the news will be "Where were the parents" or more specifically "Where was the mother" because society likes to blame mothers.
    So personally, nope, would not risk it.

    I actually think that the Government is saying by default that leaving a child at home at 13 is okay because you cant book a 13 year old into any form of childcare.
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    That post is from Crime Stoppers NSW - different states have different rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    That post is from Crime Stoppers NSW - different states have different rules.
    Yes and I'm in nsw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    That post is from Crime Stoppers NSW - different states have different rules.
    It also says there is no actual law in Australia...


 

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