Staying safe away from home – a guide for parents - Family support services

What we do

Getting the balance right between allowing children their independence and ensuring their safety when away from home can be difficult.
A guide produced by the NSPCC provides advice and practical tips to parents on judging if a child is ready to be out on their own and how to prepare them for different situations such as walking to and from school by themselves, attending sports or holiday clubs, or going out to play with friends.
It's something every parent experiences. The day that their child starts asking if they can go out on their own or with friends. It's just a natural part of their growing independence and, like every part of growing up, it can be a challenging hurdle for a parent to overcome.
Each child's different and this guide will help you think precautions you can take, and how to decide if your child is ready to be out alone.

Who do we support

This guide can help parents and carers decide if your child is ready to go out alone, including tips and tricks on how to help prepare and keep them safe as their independence grows.

Is there a charge to use this service?


Can anyone use this service?

Anyone can use this resource.

Service details for this family support services

Language: English only

  • Can provide specialist support for families of children with disabilities / additional needs Yes Please contact to discuss your child(s) needs further.
  • Relevant staff have a valid current DBS? Yes