Legal ages for your child
Your child is not an adult in the eyes of the law until the age of 18, but as they get older they are legally allowed to do certain things:-
Go to a pub, but cannot drink or buy alcohol
Responsible for wearing a seat belt
Choose own doctor
Claim welfare benefits
Leave home with parents' consent
Get married with parents' consent
Drink wine or beer with a meal in a restaurant
Hold a licence to drive a moped
Buy a ticket in the National Lottery
Hold a licence to drive any vehicle except certain heavy ones
Engage in street trading
Leave home without parents' consent
Buy cigarettes or tobacco
Appear before adult court
Get married without parents' consent
Act as an executor for a person's will
Purchase an air rifle
Change their name
Apply for a passport
Own houses and land
Apply for a mortgage
Go abroad to sing, play or perform professionally
Sit on a jury
Be a blood donor
Drink in a pub
Hold a licence or sell alcohol
The law does not specify how old someone has to be to babysit.
However, the NSPCC recommends that no one under 16 should be left alone to look after young children. If someone under 16 is looking after a child, the parent or guardian, and not the babysitter, remain legally responsible for the child’s safety.
Parents should still use judgement when choosing a babysitter, as some 16 year olds might not be mature enough to look after younger children.
The same careful judgements apply if your child wants to babysit for others.