The NSPCC’s urging parents across Essex not to risk leaving children on their own this summer if there’s any chance of danger.
The charity also wants everyone to keep an eye out for problems – after revealing it had to refer 100 cases to Essex Police last year.
NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: “Deciding if a child is ready to be left on their own can be a very difficult decision and the summer holidays can be a difficult time for parents and carers as they face increasing childcare pressures.”
“Although there is no minimum age, no child should be left on their own if there is any risk they will come to harm.”
Our reporter Martin Harris has spoken with Community Fundraising Manager Sarah Lambley.
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