How to create a safe place for youth

Creating a safe place for youth helps them explore their interests, discover passions, and cultivate talents to become more confident and resilient in handling life’s challenges.

Imagine being a teenager or young adult today. You’re navigating a world filled with social pressures, academic expectations, and rapid technological changes. On top of that, you’re bombarded with messages from the media about what you should be, what you should look like, and how you should act. Sounds like a lot to handle, right?

Now, add to that the challenges of dealing with issues like stress, anxiety, and struggles that most young people face today. It’s an overwhelming experience that can affect them in ways that can have a significant impact on how they perceive the world around them and, eventually, their development.

Think about this. Each year, over 150 Australian youth under the age of 14 are killed, and over 68,000 are hospitalised due to unintentional injuries (Kidsafe Australia). This statistic highlights the immediate need for safe places for young people to thrive and face challenges head-on.

Ways to create a safe place for youth

Here are a few ways to create a safe place for youth:

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Establish open communication channels

Perhaps the most important step is to encourage open dialogue. Many young people don’t feel comfortable expressing their feelings and concerns without fear of judgement. Make the effort to actively listen to their ideas. Validate their experiences and offer them constructive feedback. Promote different options like one-on-one mentoring sessions or discussions and group discussions with peers to promote trust and transparency.

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Foster a culture of inclusivity and acceptance

Diversity is a strength, and embracing it creates a sense of belonging among youth. Create environments where young people from all cultures, backgrounds, and identities feel respected and valued. Celebrate their differences and actively challenge stereotypes and prejudices. By promoting understanding, empathy, and acceptance, you create the foundation for a community where everyone can thrive regardless of their differences.

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Provide access to resources and support systems

Giving youth the necessary resources and support systems in a safe environment is important when it comes to their development—whether you’re giving them access to educational opportunities, career guidance, or recreational activities. Youth organisations, for instance, offer a range of youth safety programs targeting young people and the adult influencers around them like teachers, parents, and even supervisors/managers.

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Encourage personal growth and self-expression

Young people are on a journey to discover who they are and where their interests lie. Provide them opportunities for self-expression through community projects, sports, or social events. Encourage them to set goals, take initiative, and pursue what inspires them with confidence while ensuring their safety. By promoting a growth mindset and resilience, you equip them with the obstacles and thrive in today’s changing world.

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Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work



Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work


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Prioritising the need for youth safety

For today’s youth, finding a safe place is important because it impacts the lives of future generations. By prioritising open communication, inclusivity, access to resources, personal growth, and positive role modelling, it becomes easier to help youth feel empowered to thrive and develop.

At Youthsafe, we believe in investing in developing young people in a safe and compassionate environment. This is why we work with governments, businesses, and community organisations to offer youth safety programs that ensure young worker safety.


How can open communication channels benefit youth in creating a safe environment?

Open communication channels play a crucial role in creating a safe space for youth by fostering trust and understanding. When young people feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and concerns without fear of judgement, it promotes mental well-being and helps them navigate challenges more effectively.

By actively listening, validating their experiences, and offering constructive feedback, adults can empower youth to voice their opinions, seek support, and build resilience.

Why is inclusivity and acceptance important in fostering a safe environment for youth?

Inclusivity and acceptance are fundamental for creating a sense of belonging among youth from diverse backgrounds and identities. When young people feel respected and valued for who they are, it enhances their self-esteem and reduces feelings of isolation and discrimination.

By promoting understanding, empathy, and challenging stereotypes, communities can create an environment where every young person feels supported, regardless of their differences, thus contributing to their overall well-being and development.

How can adults lead by example in creating a safe place for youth?

Adults play a crucial role in shaping the environment in which young people grow and develop. By leading by example, adults demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours that youth can emulate. This includes practising empathy, integrity, and respect in interactions with others, as well as being mindful of the language and attitudes they model.

By consistently demonstrating positive values and behaviours, adults can inspire and empower youth to create a safer and more inclusive community for themselves and future generations.