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Alexandria National Safe Place ProgramAlexandria Safe Place

What is National Safe Place?

  • It is a SAFE HAVEN, where kids get help FAST!
  • 24-hour access to immediate help and support for all young people in crisis
  • A network of sites and resources sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses
  • A Safety Net for youth that focuses on Intervention and Prevention

How was it Developed?

  • Developed in Louisville, KY 1982 and began to be replicated in other cities in 1987
  • Program began in response to many calls to the YMCA Shelter House from youth who did not have a way to get there after running away

How Can a “Safe Place Location” be Recognized?

  • Bright yellow and black diamond-shaped sign with an adult embracing a youth sheltered by a house
  • Every official Safe Place will have this sign attached to the outside of each location

What are the Benefits of Safe Place?

  • Offers immediate help and safety
  • Creates more awareness for abused, neglected and runaway youth
  • Provides opportunities for city agencies and communities to partner
  • Law enforcement connects with youth and offer help
  • Connects our community to a national program and recognized signage of immediate help and safety
  • Displaying Safe Place signs signal a commitment to youth safety
  • Provides support to already existing services

How Does Safe Place Work for a Youth Seeking Help?

  • A youth in crisis enters a location displaying a Safe Place sign and verbally or non-verbally seeks help
  • The youth will wait in a quiet comfortable place while the site Safe Place Manager or the Alexandria Safe Place office is called
  • The assigned responder will take over and assess the youth to determine the next step
  • If necessary, the youth is transported to a youth service agency
  • Counseling and shelter services are arranged, if needed

How Many Safe Place Locations in Alexandria? Where are They?

  • Alexandria opened 24 community Safe Place sites at 11 Recreation facilities, 9 Fire Stations, 1 local shelter, 2 non-profit facilities and the Center for Alexandria’s Children.

Who Do I Contact About Safe Place Information, Presentations or Staff & Site Trainings?

  • Contact the Alexandria Safe Place Office at 703.746.5400 or Ann Redfearn, Alexandria’s National Safe Place Coordinator at ann.redfearn@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5400

Additional Resources

1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4343
Fax: 703.838.6344
E-Mail

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler
Director
703.746.5500