The advice also says: “Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time.” But Mr Hemming said that definition was still open to wide interpretation which was leading to genuine confusion among parents.
He said: “The Government claim that parents are allowed to decide whether their child is mature enough to be left alone. “What happens is that either the police or local authority social workers decide whether in their opinion the parents have neglected their child." He added: “We need to consider what is optimal, what is ill-advised and what should be criminal or require action from the local authority.” Figures obtained by the BBC showed that 510 people were arrested last year after it was deemed they had placed a child at risk by leaving them alone.
"There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65." 47.
SINCE THE AGE OF 92, RUTH HAS COMMITTED TO WEEKLY PILATES CLASSES. HE HAD A FEW UNTRADITIONAL PIECES OF MEDICAL WISDOM TO SHARE.
Pets are reminders of how we're all living things." 21. "Don't just die because you want to." AND THEN THERE'S ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO FIND HAPPINESS. Contrary to popular belief, doctors can't cure everyone. I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine." 48.
"When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.
Just 38 per cent of children were classed as having good overall oral health, meaning they had no obvious decay, no tooth surface loss into the dentine, which is the layer under the tooth enamel, and no tartar.
The 2013 survey is the fifth in a series of national children's dental health surveys that have been carried out every ten years since 1973, focusing on the dental health of five, eight, 12 and 15 year olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.