Appropriate Caring and Touching of Children

Ensuring everyone is and feels safe

Adapted by Scouter Liam Morland, 1996

It is important to show caring and to encourage children by being warm and affectionate, especially when many of the children who come to youth groups do so to get away from their own troubled homes. An extra effort by a child deserves a friendly pat on the back or a tousling of the hair. Being touched in a positive and appropriate way means "I like you" and "You belong here."

There are sensible ways for adults to show warmth to children while still protecting their own integrity: