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The NSPCC recommend that most children under 13 should not be left for more than a short period and that no child under 16 should be left overnight.
They suggest that parents consider the following before deciding to leave a child alone:
If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact Children's Social Care on 020 8314 6000. For the Children's Social Care Duty Team call 020 8314 6660. Out of hours call 020 8314 6000.