Permission Forms and Communication with Parents
Permission forms are one form of communication with parents and guardians. Parents/guardians should understand the components of a youth program including:
- What kind of incidents they will or will not be informed about regardless of the desire of their youth.
- Any material or activities that could require their permission.
- The rules and supervision within the program.
Permission forms can and should address:
- Medical information.
- Whether youth may self-administer prescribed medication.
- Permission to treat in case of medical emergency.
- Liability release.
- Rules and behavioral expectations.
- Parental responsibility in cases where youth do not follow expectations.
For longer trips, permission forms should also address:
- Whether youth may self-administer specific over the counter medication in case of headaches, fever, sunburn, stomach ache, etc.
Samples Permission and Medical Release Forms
- Central East Regional substitute permission form
- Eliot Unitarian Chapel: Youth Medical Release Form
Return to the 14 Recommended Practices for Safety in Youth Ministry.