Safe Touch Guidelines for Youth Leaders

adapted from Friedman, 2004; ACA/Johnson For Their Sake, 1992; Thurber, 2000, 2001, and Ditter, 1994, 2003

(c) 2021 Dr. Chris Thurber

Child welfare and protection is the most important leadership skill for youth development professionals at schools and camps. This detailed handout provides a symptom checklist, the parameters for mandated reporting, and practical guidelines for interacting with youth. All adults should understand every aspect of safe touch and safe talk.

Keywords: safe touch, safe talk, child welfare, protection, abuse, neglect, sexual, physical, mandated reporter