Many parents do not know where their teenage children go when lessons finish, according to a survey that shows a lack of after-school activities is putting youths at risk of turning to crime.
Thousands of secondary pupils ? some as young as 11 ? are left to wander the streets after school because there are so few child care places, the report claims today.
The study, by 4Children, a children’s charity, and Karen Buck, a Labour MP, says a lack of facilities for 11 to 14-year-olds puts many at risk of boredom and temptation into crime.
It reveals that 80% of mothers of older children have a job and that a third of teenagers regularly come home to an empty house.
Half of the parents in the survey said they do not know where their teenagers are, who they are with or what they are doing when they are not in school.
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