Singer of S Club 7 fame Rachel Stevens has found herself at the centre of controversy after being photographed leaving her two daughters alone in the car whilst she ran errands.
Rachel was reported to have parked her car in north London and then walked to the shops, leaving Amelie, 4, and 18-month-old Minnie Blossom inside, a move which has divided public opinion.
Although some may not agree with Rachel's actions, it is in fact not against the law to leave a child alone in the car, but is down to parent's choice. However, it is an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.
Recent research also revealed that a quarter of parents admit to leaving their children alone in the car. The survey of 2,000 parents also found that the average length of time that parents leave their kids alone in the car for is 22 minutes.
The Supernanny herself Jo Frost took to Twitter to have her say on the matter, saying that she was sure that Rachel was ‘aware that her parenting choice was not a smart one', and also commented that we should ‘teach, love and educate' rather than publicly shaming celebrities.
Child Behaviour Expert Richard Curtis said that Rachel's decision would've been based on what she believed was best at the time, and called for less judgement on one individual over something that is happening everywhere; "The debate should be wider than one celebrity, it should be a conversation all parents are having and stricter guidelines must be put in place."