Safety planning

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 plan below as a PDF or Word document.