Monday 18 December 2017

Parents warned over 'bus stop walk'

Parents have been threatened over allowing their daughter to walk to the bus stop alone
Parents have been threatened over allowing their daughter to walk to the bus stop alone

Council bosses have threatened to report a father for allowing his daughter to walk on her own to a bus stop just 20 yards from their home, it has been revealed.

Mark McCullough was told if he continued to allow Isabelle, aged seven, to walk to and from the bus stop alone, Lincolnshire County Council would report the situation as a "child protection issue".

The angry father, from Glentham, Lincolnshire, said either he or his partner are always at home when Isabelle leaves or returns from school. But a letter from the county council said her bus driver felt obliged to help the youngster cross the road at the end of the day when she is dropped off.

It said unless there was a change in arrangements, the couple would face action.

But the council said that on reflection the letter might have been too strongly worded.

Assistant director of children's services Debbie Barnes said: "The safety of children is the responsibility of everyone, and where a member of staff brings a situation to our attention where the safety of a child or adult is compromised, we must react.

"NSPCC guidance states that children under eight should not be out alone. In this instance, the young girl has been standing unaccompanied on a roadside and left to cross the road by herself."

She said the letter might have been too strongly worded and they had no intention of taking further action, but just wanted to "sit down" with Mr McCullough and discuss the issues.

Mr McCullough told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I am happy for Isabelle to walk from home to the end of the road and, if necessary, cross a country lane and walk home."

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