New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Child Safety

We work to make our local meetings warm, safe, and nurturing communities.  We hope they are places where we can learn from each other and where children can safely take risks as they grow and become more fully themselves.  Careful thought around interpersonal boundaries and appropriate behaviors by adults, youth, and children can help us achieve this worthy goal.

We especially recommend the Reducing the Risk workbook.  One helpful rule of thumb they offer is:

The risk of sexual abuse increases as:

  • isolation increases.
  • the power differential between the parties increases.
  • accountability decreases. 

New England Yearly Meeting has a Child Safety PolicyChild Safety resources can also be found on the Quaker Youth Education section of the website. To access the yearly meeting's criminal background check screening service for youth workers in your local meeting, contact the yearly meeting office.

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]