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Youth Safety: Best Practices
Fourteen Best Practices for Safety in Youth Ministry
High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Middle School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Safe Congregations

Learning from the best practices of many Unitarian Universalist congregations, the UUA Safety Team and Youth Roundtable have developed recommendations for congregations to keep teenage youth safer from harm. We invite you to explore the recommendations and resources in each of these areas: 

  1. Hiring
  2. Screening
  3. Training
  4. Supervision
  5. Communication
  6. Code of Ethics for Adults
  7. Participant Covenant for Youth Events
  8. Age Range
  9. Sex, Minors, and the Law
  10. Two Unrelated Adults
  11. Spaces for Pastoral Care                           
  12. Overnight Events
  13. Transportation
  14. Permission Forms

Members of the Youth Ministry Roundtable, Ministries and Faith Development, and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries spent the majority of 2018-2019 developing Association-wide Youth Safety Guidelines. Questions about these guidelines should be directed to youth [at] uua [dot] org

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  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

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