latchkey child


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A child who arrives home after school, lets him/herself into the house—with a ‘latchkey’—and is unattended until the parents’ arrive from work
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latchkey child

Social medicine A child who arrives home after school, lets him/herself into the house–with a 'latchkey', and is unattended until the parents' arrive from work. Cf 'Supermom. '.
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