Youth Safety

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4-H in Canada considers the safety and well-being of 4-H youth members its top priority. The Youth Safety at 4-H in Canada policy manual ensures industry standards and best practices are in place across the network of 4-H organizations in Canada.

Leader Training

Youth Safety Leader Training Sessions

This training provides leaders with tools and information to implement industry standards for youth safety and how to provide support to members.

Commit to Kids Training

The Commit to Kids training has been developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for organizations just like 4-H. It is designed to equip volunteers and staff with knowledge and skills to increase the personal safety of children and youth. 4-H joins a list of many other youth and sports organizations already using Commit to Kids training for their volunteers.

Youth Safety Reporting

- Activity Plans and Incident Reporting -

The Youth Safety Reporting System for 4-H in Canada enables leaders, volunteers, and staff to conveniently submit Activity Plan and Incident Report forms directly to 4-H Nova Scotia. The secure system can be accessed from a computer or mobile device without the need for an account.

Please refer to the reference guides linked below for direction on when to complete an Activity Plan or Incident Report form, and a step-by-step guide to completing each form.

4-H has an open-door policy for reporting concerns of misconduct, harassment, or abuse and takes any claims very seriously. A confidential Incident Report may be made by a youth member, leader, staff, parent, participant, or member of the public using the link above. Reports will be delivered directly to 4-H Nova Scotia.

Conflict Management

- Suggestions for Managing Conflict -

The 4-H Nova Scotia Conflict Resolution Tips and Procedure recognizes conflict as a normal part of all human interactions and reflects the responsibility of 4-H Nova Scotia to help 4-H members and volunteers solve problems.

Conflict is usually caused by a misunderstanding, personality clashes, and differences in values, goals or philosophical beliefs, unclear responsibilities, or lack of resources. Healthy conflict can lead to positive change in organizations, but negative conflict can be very destructive and can destroy an organization.

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