Advances in Youth Safety

Safe Congregations


Growing, healthy teens depend on adults to maintain a safe environment.

Know the Expectations

Know your obligation as a mandatory reporter. Have a conversation with your religious educator or minister about your role in pastoral care for youth. Become familiar with your congregation’s Safe Congregations policy which will outline what you need to do to ensure the safety of the youth you work with.

Covenant for Safe Community

Co-create a covenant with your youth group so people understand and can practice how they aspire to be together. Ask your religious educator or minister for your congregation’s behavioral guidelines and code of ethics to ensure all participants follow rules and understand consequences. (As examples, the UUA uses these behavioral guidelines (PDF) and code of ethics (PDF) for their events.)

Presentation: Advances in Youth Safety: Policies, Procedures and Covenant

Originally presented at General Assembly 2016 (Event 304).

When we know better, we do better. Hear current best practices for youth safety including updated policies and procedures. UUA Regional Staff and staff from these programs will cover the details of changes, and youth and adult leaders will share their experience of making real the promises of covenant when it comes to safety.