Negotiate the Terms
An important part of walking home and staying safe when home alone is that both the adults and the 10 to 14 year old are clear on what is expected and that families have support systems in place. An agreement can help all family members (parents/caregivers and the 10 to 14 year old) to feel more confident about the safety plan that has been put into place. The support person should also review the safety plan so they can offer assistance if needed.
It is critical that the person is aware that they are your emergency support person.