Handle with Care: How to Deal with Unsupervised Children

February 28, 2011
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Suppose you or someone on your staff notices the young son of a resident riding his bike around your parking lot with no adult in sight. Should you scold him and send him home? Ignore him? Find his parent or guardian and lecture them?

Dealing with unsupervised children poses a real challenge. In the scenario above, suppose the little boy is seriously hurt and you are accused of negligence. Or he injures another resident and you are held liable. There are legal as well as practical aspects to how you should handle such situations.

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