Negotiate the Terms
An important part of 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. A contract can help ALL family members (parents and the 10 to 14 year old) to feel more confident about the plan that has been put into place. A neighbour or relative should witness the contract. The witness then becomes the emergency support person if the parent is unavailable and assistance is needed.
It is critical that the person is aware that he or she is your emergency support person.
Download a copy of the You Are Not Alone Contract