Working with young people in a drop-in environment

Last updated: 12 Nov 2021 Topics: Community and school sports

This briefing paper on Working with young people in a drop-in environment has been developed to help anyone planning to work with children and young people in drop-in activities.

This may include youth clubs, sport or community based activities or activities that take place as part of a larger event such as festivals or sports events.

Author: NSPCC
Published: 2021


  • introduction
  • benefits of a drop-in approach
  • frequently asked questions and guidance
  • learning tools
  • supporting young people to take control of their own safe space
  • resources
  • appendix 1 - drop-in activities safeguarding checklist
  • appendix 2 - theoretical frameworks

If you identify that an activity is best delivered by the drop-in model, safeguarding must not be compromised. Risks need to be identified and mitigated. Drop-in might not be the appropriate model if you cannot put these safeguards in place.

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