Parents should think carefully before leaving their children home alone during the summer holidays, the NSPCC has warned.
The national charity’s helpline received 453 calls and emails between July and September 2015 from adults concerned about children left unattended.
Of these calls, more than three quarters (366), were so serious they were passed to police or social services.
One woman who called the 24-hour helpline said: “I’m really worried about a young girl who’s been in the house by herself for a whole day now. Her mother visits her partner over the weekends.
“The child is always looking very sad and unkempt which upsets me. This has been going on for months but I felt as if I couldn’t say anything as I’m related to them and I didn’t want to compromise our…