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Children at home

Family of Indian Origin smiling and looking at cameraAs children develop more independence and start to explore the world, the risk of accidents increases. Scrapes, bumps and bruises are a normal part of an active childhood but more serious accidents can happen. Here are some of the most common accidents for primary-aged children and tips on how to avoid them.

There’s no set age you can leave your child at home alone but it’s against the law to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk. Parents must use their own judgement based on their child’s maturity however it’s not recommended to leave a child under 12 at home alone, particularly for longer periods of time or overnight.

Families who might need further support

A child with coordination difficulties is at an increased risk of trips and falls. Take a look at some of the guidance from our children’s therapies colleagues to help improve coordination.

Useful resources

The Child Accident Prevention Trust has lots of information on keeping your child safe.