Child/Youth Safety Plan
SAFETY PLANNING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPOSED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
It is important to vary protection planning according to the age and skills of each child. With kids’ safety plans, less is more. A small number of precautions that can be remembered and carried out in an emergency can be more useful than an extensive plan. With very small children, their safety plan may consist of knowing who to listen to and follow in a crisis.
Protection planning with teens works best when they are treated as experts on their own situation and are allowed to decide what the advocate’s role will be.
MY SAFETY PLAN
Feeling safe means:
- I know that someone will take care of me.
- I know what is expected of me.
- I have an idea about what will probably happen next.
- I am not worried that I or someone else will get hurt.
- I don’t feel scared.
- I feel ok.