NSPCC report that
- During the months of July and August, there’s an increase in contacts to their Helpline about children being left home alone.
- Neglect was the top concern in Helpline sessions in 2022/23, with 11,428 contacts. Of these, more than 40% (4,717) mentioned a child being left alone or unsupervised.
- The number of contacts about children being left unsupervised increased during the summer holidays, with 1,015 contacts to the Helpline about this issue over July and August in 2022.
- We wouldn’t recommend leaving a child under 12 years old home alone, particularly for a long time.
These are the national Wales Safeguarding Procedures. They detail the essential roles and responsibilities for practitioners to ensure that they safeguard children and adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect.
Who they are for
These procedures are intended to guide safeguarding practice for all those employed in the statutory, third (voluntary) and private sector in health, social care, education, police, justice and other services. They are applicable for all practitioners and managers working in Wales - whether employed by a devolved or non-devolved agency.
What they are for
The Procedures helps practitioners apply the legislation and statutory guidance Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and (Section 7 Volumes 5 and 6 on handling individual cases) to practice.
Frequently asked questions
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Do I need to register a Holiday Club with the Care Inspectorate Wales?
Activities such as Holiday Clubs for children under 12 years may need to be formally registered if they meet the criteria to be classed as regulated child care/day care.
Generally, activities for children over 12 or activities or those for under 12s provided for less than 2 hours per day or fewer than 6 days in a year do not need to be registered.
However you should still contact the Care Inspectorate Wales to inform them of the planned activity and to ensure that your club does not need to be registered.
It is an offence not to register a relevant activity
Read this fact sheet and follow the links for more details.