The Center for Anti-violence Education (CAE) suggests that providers who work with LGBTQ youth consider working with each program participant on a safety plan. A safety plan, as shown below, does not take much time to develop, and can help a young person formulate prevention strategies to be safe in the face of major life changes, such as leaving a violent relationship, or moving from one living situation to another.
Staff should keep a copy of the safety plan on file, and give one to the youth to keep with them at all times. Each young person’s safety plan should be re-visited periodically, as answers may change. This also helps to reinforce safety concepts and keep the conversation about safety and violence and prevention going.
Download the safety plan below. There is a .docx link available that can be typed in as well as a .pdf option which can be printed out.