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Youth Safety at 4-H in Canada

The safety and well-being of youth members is our shared priority across 4-H in Canada, and it sits at the core of our 4-H Positive Youth Development Formula.

4-H Canada is working in partnership with provincial 4-H organizations to ensure that 4-H has consistent policies and procedures in place across the country to provide successful and safe programs for all youth, to safeguard the trust and loyalty of families, and to ensure leaders have the resources and training to feel supported and prepared.

Youth Safety at 4-H in Canada Policy Manual

This policy manual ensures industry standards and best practices are in place across the network of 4-H organizations in Canada. In addition, provincial organizations have detailed procedures that outline how the policies are implemented, with clear steps for staff and leaders.

Our policy is available to families, leaders, and staff to ensure everyone has the same understanding of the commitment to youth safety.

Guidelines for Electronic Communication and Virtual 4-H Activities

These guidelines outline what are appropriate electronic communications and virtual activities, so that youth, parents, leaders, and staff can engage in a safe, fun, and inclusive environment.

Read the guidelines

Youth Safety Reporting

4-H considers the safety and well-being of 4-H youth members its top priority. 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 their provincial organization. The secure system can be accessed from a computer or mobile device without the need for an account.

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

Youth Safety Training for Leaders

Reach out to your provincial organization to learn more about upcoming training opportunities. Completing the Youth Safety and Commit to Kids training are requirements of being a trained leader.

Insurance Overview

4-H Canada and provincial 4-H organizations (excluding AJRQ) maintain insurance policies covering the activities of their organizations. The Insurance Overview is intended to be a quick reference guide for 4-H Canada and provincial organization staff and boards, and 4-H leaders and volunteers across Canada, regarding the insurance program.

While the insurance program is one component of risk management, the most effective tool is to have consistent 4-H policies and procedures in place across the country to provide successful and safe programs for all participants and to ensure leaders have the resources and training to feel supported and prepared.

It is an expectation that all 4-H programs and activities abide by:

  • all policies in the Youth Safety at 4-H in Canada manual,
  • safety checklists specific to the activities involved, and
  • all provincial guidelines and procedures.