What should I do about my concern?
Your responsibility is to communicate your worries or concerns
about a youth to his or her parents. As a coach or youth
leader, you are only able to provide information to parents or
guardians and are not able to seek medical attention unless you
have been given permission to do so. Your relationship with
parents and guardians is a vital link in providing support to our
youth so it needs care and respect especially when you are worried
about the well-being of their children.
If you are concerned that a youth is at immediate risk of self-harm
and a parent or guardian is not immediately available, you should
contact emergency services. In Needham, call 911 and
explain what the emergency is. After emergency services have
been contacted, you should make every possible effort to reach
parents or guardians to inform them about what has happened. While
this is a complicated decision that may be second-guessed at a
later time, it is important to have the safety of our youth as
our first priority. Everyone in our community has to do his
or her part to create a safe environment for our youth.