This is a hypothetical issue triggered after reading another post here.
So if a young teenager (schoolage, say 13/14) isn't allowed to be home alone, or isn't allowed to babysit younger children, what happens if the young teenager has a baby of their own? Kids are becoming parents from age 11/12 aren't they? (I know it's true as The Daily Mail says so ) - what happens though? If the teenage parents still live with their parents, do the GP get in trouble if the parents are left unsupervised with the GC?
Also, does anyone definitively know at what age children are allowed to be left alone or are alloweed to babysit other children? I know things have changed since I were a lass and we just used common sense about who was capable or not, but with mobile phones and NHSDirect surely it is now safer than it used to be?
If the teenage parent is living with their parents I think their parents have to have parental responsibility of the baby until the teenager is old enough (16 I think). You can't claim any benefit if you're under 16 AFAIK. I don't know how it works really but pretty sure there isn't a minimum age you can babysit from.
Apparently - according to DH, who went on a safeguarding course the other day - there is no minimum age at which it is an offence to leave a child alone if the adult can reasonably believe that the child will not be at risk.
Obviously, what we might or might not consider risk to include is a whole minefield of its own...
If the young teenage mother was considered unsafe to care for the child then SS would be involved, or family members would ensure she had support at all times (you would hope). Not many 11/12 year olds have babies by the way, and those that do most definitely will have SS involvement!
Sardine - if a teenager (under 16) with a baby got thrown out of their home they would be considered in need of a social care assessment and would probably be accommodated into a P&B foster placement together. If they were 16+ it would probably be a private rental leased by the council, or temporary accommodation. Or B&B. But B&B would should be an absolute last resort for any parent of a baby, but even more so a teenage parent.