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Walking to / from School Arrangements for Children

CLICK HERE to download the NSPCC leaflet:  'Is my child ready to go out alone?'

“There is no law prohibiting children from being out on their own at any age. It is a matter of judgement for parents/carers to decide when children can play out on their own, walk to the shops or school.”

Is it Legal? A parent’s guide to the law by the Family and Parenting Institute June 2011

The NSPCC advise the following:
Children under 8 should not be outdoors for a considerable length of time unaccompanied

Children under the age of 12 should not be home alone for more than a very short period of time

Independent Travel

Drop off and collection by older siblings

Again, it is the parents/carers’ responsibility to ensure that their child is dropped off and collected by a responsible person if it is not safe for the child to walk home unsupervised. There is no minimum age set in law when a young person is allowed to remain in charge of another child, however if supervision is “likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health” (Children’s and Young Person’ Act 1933) then the parents/carers must be prepared to take responsibility for anything that should go wrong in their absence. Parents are also responsible for the care and safety of their eldest child, even while that child is acting in a caring role for younger siblings.

Please CLICK HERE to download a school consent form if:

  • You have given permission for your child to travel to/from school independently and they are younger than Year 6.
  • You have given permission for any older siblings to collect/drop off younger children.​

Please note if the school has any concerns then this will be raised directly with the parent/carer.

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