Safe Place Site

Safe Place sites are businesses and other public locations designated by licensed Safe Place agencies as “safe places” for youth to go when in a crisis situation. These locations fit criteria set up by NSPN and receive orientation and training by the local licensed Safe Place agency.

Safe Place sites display the Safe Place signage and call the local licensed agency when a youth enters and asks for help. They provide reassurance and safety until the Safe Place responder arrives to meet with the youth. Safe Place sites must work in partnership with a local, licensed agency who is responsible for the operation of the Safe Place program in their community. The licensed agency is responsible for assisting Safe Place sites with acquiring Safe Place signage, required training, and is the contact for sites when youth request help.

Safe Place sites include, but are not limited to:

  • Businesses – fast food, convenience stores, etc.

  • Fire stations

  • Libraries

  • YMCAs

  • Community centers and other social service agencies

  • Mobile Safe Place sites – public transit buses, trains, etc.

NSPN has developed basic criteria for Safe Place sites, which include:

  • Easily accessible

  • Visible

  • Youth friendly – safe and comfortable

  • Ideally open 24 hours a day/otherwise as many hours as possible

  • Located in a high traffic area

  • At least two trained employees on duty

Note: The licensed Safe Place agency in your community may have additional criteria to become a Safe Place site.

Steps to become a Safe Place site in your community:

  • Determine if there is an existing Safe Place program in your community.

  • If there is, contact the licensed agency to inquire about becoming a site. The agency will provide details and work with you to determine if your business meets the requirements to become a Safe Place site. 

  • If there is not a licensed agency near your place of business, please consider becoming a TXT 4 HELP partner or Ambassador until a licensed agency is available. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions or would like additional information.


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