Back to School: Youth At Home
AGE TO STAY AT HOME ALONE:
We have been continually searching for this information. Upon talking to numerous organizations and departments in Saskatchewan, here is what we have found:
1. In Saskatchewan, there is NO legal age of recommendation in respect to youth staying home alone, or babysitting. [In Manitoba, legislation states 12 years old…just FYI.]
2. In Saskatchewan, for any youth to be home alone, we base this decision on the parent/guardian discretion.
3. We would recommend assessing your child’s ability to respond and react to different situations (especially those that they may have to deal with while home alone) such as, but not limited to:
-How long they are being left alone
-Ability to safety plan
-Fire Safety & Equipment
-Emergency phone number location, and possibly how to actually make the phone call (device specific).
-Child Care (age of younger children in the home & responsibilities for those children, meal prep, etc)
-Home Safety (answering doors, phone calls, etc)
4. During the Stay Safe & Babysitters course that we facilitate, we notice there are different rules or preferences between households. These two Red Cross courses are great for preparing youth with staying home and babysitting responsibilities, however, it is also important that alternative household specific items are discussed and assessed by parents/guardians (see point #2).
*Upon speaking to numerous organizations, none could supply me with an official document with this information. One organization recommended to attach the below information.
LINK TO: Legal Age for Leaving Children Unsupervised Across Canada