Safe and Unsafe spaces

A game to enable young people to think about the safe places in their lives and consider the risks to their safety.

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Participants get into groups of three to five young people per group


Each group has a piece of flipchart paper and coloured pens or pencils


The group is asked to draw a map of places in their lives (such as home, school, drop-in centre, doctor, market, main square, etc). It does not need to be geographically accurate


Each group is asked to circle in green where they feel safe; and in red where they feel unsafe. Inform participants it is ok if they don’t agree – they can put a green and a red circle around a location


Give participants a few minutes to look at the finished maps.


Encourage discussion within and/or between the groups why certain places make them feel safe and unsafe.


Explain that the activity was to help participants identify and think about the safe places in their lives and that of their peers.

Extra game information

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Facilitator notes: Be aware, this exercise may bring out discussions on violence, which can be a sensitive topic for participants. It is important to have support staff to assist if anyone gets upset and to give participants the opportunity to leave if they choose. If a participant leaves, they need access to a safe space and a trusted adult to talk to.

Specific learning objectives

To understand where street children feel safe and unsafe, and enable the young people to think about the safe places in their lives and consider the risks to their safety.

What people said about this game

Sander Degeling

Partnership Coordinator Africa & Asia StreetwiZe • Mobile School BE

26 September, 2019


Very easy but extremely relevant activity to do with street-connected youth!

Mobile School NPO

Mobile School NPO BE

28 February, 2020


Great activity! As a variation, you can also do the activity one on one, give a rating to all the different spaces, or ask the children afterwards to make a drawing representing their 'ideal' safe space.

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