About Safety

Practices, guidelines and policies to ensure the safety of our young people and leaders. These tools are intended as a guide and it is strongly recommended that every parish/ministry unit has safety policies designed for its own situation. Ensure you refer to your Diocesan Safety Policies and contact your Diocesan Youth Staff member for further information.

Support for Youth Leaders

Contributed by: ABC Guide to Safety

Good support for youth leaders ensures a safe environment for everyone. It also helps leaders enjoy what they are doing and grow in the process rather than burning out. Here's a checklist of things to put in place to ensure your youth leaders can thrive.

First Aid App

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Life saving skills at your fingertips! The New Zealand Red Cross has a free first aid app. It's a comprehensive pocket guide to first aid and emergency response. It features simple, easy advice on everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and... See more

Communicating with Parents and Caregivers

Contributed by: 'Keeping Them Safe', Diocese of Christchurch

Keeping in regular communication with the parents and caregivers of the young people that participate in your youth programme is a must. Regular emails, sending out detailed term planners, a facebook group, your church website, conversations at church or before/after your youth gatherings are... See more

Confidentiality

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Confidentiality is an important issue in youth work. Used well, it can strengthen the relationship and deepen trust between youth leader and young person. The general rule is that what is shared privately, remains between you and the young person. However there may be circumstances when, for... See more

Alcohol and Drugs

Contributed by: Charlie Baker

Alcohol can be a destructive influence in a community setting. Whilst it may be appropriate at a family event or event for those 18 years and older, it is not recommended for an event that young people are attending. Special care will need to be taken on occasions when alchohol is available at a... See more

Transport

Contributed by: Charlie Baker (Diocese of Auckland)

It is essential that when we are providing transport for young people we do it safely and competently.  Creating a safety policy for transport will ensure that this happens. Here are some mandatory requirements for drivers, as well as points to take into consideration when creating... See more

New Volunteers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Looking for a new youth leader? Here are the four things you need to check before your new volunteer jumps on board...
Note: This checklist is intended as a guide. Your Diocese will have their own Recruitment Policy for Volunteers.  Check your diocesan website, or contact your Diocesan... See more

Youth Safety – Training Video

Contributed by: Chris Casey, Diocese of Wellington

A fun and engaging way to cover many basic safety issues with your youth leadership team. Include it in a full safety training session or just spend 20 minutes on it over the next few leaders meetings.
How to use this video:


  1. Play the video, asking leaders to spot the safety... See more

Risk Management Plan for Youth Group Outings

An easy to use template to use when planning your next youth group outing, whether you're just heading out for the night, or away for a camp. Plus a handy checklist to make sure nothing important gets overlooked!
Risk Management Plan for Youth Group Outings (PDF, 37KB)
Risk Management Plan... See more

Outings & Overnighters Checklist

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

A handy checklist to use when planning your next youth group outing, whether you're just heading out for the night, or away for a camp.
Pre Activity Check List


  • Offsite venue visited

  • Permission Slips returned

  • RAMS form completed

  • Medical... See more