Just to offer an alternative perspective, I do tutor from my own home and am usually, although not always, the only adult in the house while I'm tutoring. I've always made clear to the parents that they are welcome to stay during sessions if they want to, and in the case of the younger ones during the first few sessions I actually encourage it. However, none of the parents have ever taken me up on the offer. They seem happy to drop the children off and pick them up an hour later (or in some cases have various relatives drop off and collect because parents have work commitments etc.) I also have a few older children (teens) who travel by themselves to and from lessons so have only ever briefly met a parent during the initial session (though keep in regular contact through e-mail and text). I think I would be hard-pressed to persuade some of my tutees' parents to stay for the entire session, as I do some 90 min sessions with the older ones, and a whole 2 and half hours at a time with one home-schooled lad, who comes on his own during the school day when his parents are at work. I have too worried from time to time that I am potentially leaving myself in a vulnerable position and wonfered how I could protect myself from possible allegations. However, the answer in short seems to be that it is very difficult to ensure this, but you can go some way towards minimising the potential for such allegations by meeting and 'sussing out' both pupil and parents before making a commitment to proceed with the tuition. I think that I am lucky to have a nice group of fairly 'sensible' parents and children to work with (although they sometimes drive me round the bend when it comes to arranging sessions!) and I have formed good and trusting relationships with my pupils and their parents alike. In fact, thus far, none of the parents I've met have ever even asked to see my CRB check (which I do have, as I also work in schools on a supply basis.) To summarise, there are risks in putting yourself in the position where you tutor (alone) from your own home, and I don't think you can completely eliminate all of these, but I do think that they can be minimised by making an informed choice (based on an initial meeting) about whether to proceed with the tuition, and keeping good contact with parents throughout the tuition period, Perhaps I have just been lucky so far, but I think forming a good and trusting relationship with the tutees and their parents goes some way to helping to protect against allegations etc.