Because of the power disparities and the potential for boundary violation in pastoral care conversations between adults and youth, we recommend adults engage in these recommended practices to create a supportive, appropriately confidential, and safer space for youth.
Choose a space for pastoral care and conversation that is easily observable by others. If it's in a minister's study or religious educator's office, the door should have a window and/or be ajar. There should be someone else working nearby in the building, such as a church administrator who understands the importance of maintaining the privacy of the young person visiting as well as the safety of the space. A pastoral conversation could take place at a crowded coffee shop or mall, where the participants (especially the adult) are visible to others and the noise provides privacy.
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