Child Supervision Guidelines
This page is being reviewed and may be revised.
When is it safe to leave a child home alone?
For most parents, answering this question can be difficult.
Fortunately, here in Fairfax County, social work and community professionals have developed guidelines to help parents decide when it might be safe to leave a child unsupervised.
Lack of supervision is one of the most prevalent child neglect problems in Fairfax County.
The following represent minimally acceptable standards for the supervision of children. These guidelines have been developed by social work professionals in collaboration with the community. REMEMBER, they are guidelines only.
There may be situations, even within these guidelines, when it is not safe to leave a child unsupervised. Parents are ultimately responsible for making decisions about their child’s safety.
Whenever any child is unsupervised / unattended the following should apply ...
Age Guidelines ...
7 years and under:
11 to 12 years:
13 to 15 years:
16 to 17 years: