USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
The Army Europe Regulation (AER 608-18-1) assists parents in identifying what the command expectations are regarding supervision of their dependent children. This AER identifies inadequate supervision as “A type of child neglect characterized by the absence or inattention of the parent, guardian, foster parent or other caregiver that results in injury to the child, in the child being unable to care for himself or herself, or in injury or serious threat of injury to another person because the child’s behavior was not properly monitored.”
Army Community Service, under which the Family Advocacy Program falls, has partnered with Child and Youth Services to clearly outline for families stationed on Army installations in Europe the level of supervision required for children at various stages of development.
Full Policy: Army Europe Regulation (AER 608-18-1)
FAQ Reference Chart for quick answers to questions such as “Am I allowed to leave my fifth grader home alone after school until I get there?” or “Is it okay to leave my high school student home alone while I go for a weekend trip?” or “Can my 6th grader babysit my toddler?”
As with any child supervision regulation or policy, parents should always consider the abilities and maturity level of their child when making decisions for their family. Parents are always free to delay milestones of independence identified in the AER as their children grow and mature.
It is highly recommended that youth who wish to babysit (siblings or others) complete the Red Cross Babysitters Course.
Questions? Contact the USAG Stuttgart ACS Family Advocacy Program.