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Minimum Standards of Care for Children - Supervision
II. PROPER SUPERVISION:
Children birth through age 5 are constantly supervised in the home and frequently supervised while outside in a safe play area.
Children ages 6—8 are not regularly left alone for more than a few minutes.
Children ages 9—10 are not regularly left alone no longer than one hour and are not responsible for supervising younger children.
Children ages 11—13 are not regularly left alone for more than eight to nine hours and are not left alone to supervise younger children for more than a few hours (one to three). The supervising child is responsible, mature, has access to emergency plans (neighbor, relative, parent, 911); can verbalize how to deal with an emergency; discuss child care for infants or young children (meals, rules, safety); can discuss what they would do if a stranger asked to come into the home; are not fearful of being alone; or overwhelmed by child care responsibilities.
At ages 14—17 children/youth can supervise other children if they are responsible, mature have access to emergency plans (neighbor, relative, parent, 911); can verbalize how to deal with an emergency; discuss child care for infants or young children (meals, rules, safety); can discuss what they would do if a stranger asked to come into the home; are not fearful of being alone; or overwhelmed by child care responsibilities. Some children in this age group should be able to stay by themselves for extended periods of time, be unsupervised or engage in social activities provided they are responsible, have access to an identified adult and do not become involved or are not involved in delinquent or undisciplined behaviors.
Parent or caretaker has taken appropriate actions to address delinquent and/or undisciplined behaviors but the child is refusing to cooperate with their efforts and the efforts of the agencies involved.
Children ten and above can usually supervise themselves outside but parent or caretaker is generally aware of their whereabouts.
Parent or caretaker obtains substitute child care providers who are responsible and provide proper care for the child. Parent or caretaker has a definite plan for duration of the substitute care, arranges for essential needs for the child, provides emergency contacts and if absence is to be extended, maintains contact with the child.
Parent or caretaker is aware of sibling children engaged in sexual activity and has taken protective measures.
Sexual exploration, sexual play, or sexual activity of the child is age-appropriate. (Age of consent in North Carolina is 16 years of age but does not pertain to adult relatives)
Department of Social Services
80 Academy Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
PO Box 610
Bryson City, NC 28713
Sheila Sutton, Director