Safeguarding Young People While Socialising

Navigating social situations can be difficult and giving young people the tools to protect themselves can help safeguard their well-being.

Socialising is an important part of a young person’s development. It enables them to build connections, explore their new-found independence, and create memories. However, it’s important to prioritise their safety during these activities so that any potential risks and harm can be prevented.

A recent study conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology revealed that 1 in 5 young Australians experienced some type of physical violence from a peer or partner. Promoting safe socialising practices doesn’t simply fall on young people. It’s a shared responsibility that educators, parents, and the community must also take on. By implementing effective strategies, we have the power to help young people make informed decisions and create supportive environments that put their well-being first.

By giving access to youth safety programs and other resources for young people and their adult influencers, we can help them gain the knowledge and tools required to navigate social situations confidently.

Strategies for safeguarding young people during socialising

Here are a few strategies to help make sure young people are safe at social events:

Promoting open communication

Encourage open and honest conversations with young people and talk about their social experiences, their concerns, and any risks that they could potentially face. Create a safe space where they feel comfortable expressing themselves and voicing their concerns without fear of being judged.

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Setting clear expectations

Make sure that age-appropriate boundaries and expectations are set regarding social activities. These boundaries can include location sharing, curfews, responsible decision-making about alcohol consumption, and more. Involve them in this process so that they too are committed to their safety.

Promoting accountability

Promoting accountability

Aside from looking out for themselves, encourage young people to look out for each other and create a culture where they can support their peers. Show them ways that they can recognise risky situations and how they can respond, and empower them to take action or ask for help when necessary.

Leveraging resources

Leveraging resources

There are many resources available that young people and their adult influencers can access to improve safety while engaging in social activities. From location-sharing apps and emergency contacts to support services and youth safety programs, many resources can add an extra layer of protection.

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Youthsafe: Safeguarding young people

Youthsafe is a leading organisation that’s dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of young people in Australia.

Our wide range of programs and services are designed to empower young people, their families, teachers, instructors, managers, and other adult influencers with the resources they need to navigate social situations confidently and responsibly.


What are some common risks young people face during social situations?

Young people may encounter various risks during social situations, including peer pressure, substance abuse, online safety concerns, harassment or bullying, physical altercations, and transportation-related incidents.

It’s essential to educate young individuals about these potential risks and equip them with the tools and knowledge to recognise and respond appropriately.

How can parents and caregivers support safe socialising practices?

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in safeguarding young people by promoting safe socialising practices. They can foster open communication, establish clear boundaries and expectations, encourage peer support and accountability, and leverage available resources and technology.

Additionally, seeking guidance from organisations like Youthsafe can provide valuable insights, educational materials, and support services tailored to the needs of young people and their families.

What are some effective strategies for addressing peer pressure during social situations?

Addressing peer pressure can be challenging for young people, but there are effective strategies to cope with it. Building self-confidence and assertiveness skills can help them resist negative influences. Surrounding themselves with positive peer groups and role models can also provide support and guidance.

Additionally, having open communication with parents or trusted adults and seeking professional help when needed can equip young individuals with the tools to navigate peer pressure successfully.