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Safe Spaces for Youth Pastoral Care
Safe Spaces for Youth Pastoral Care
High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Middle School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Safe Congregations

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 best 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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  • 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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