Safe Place is a community initiative through Hillsborough County Children’s Services that provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need throughout the County.
Need a Safe Place?
Text SAFE to 4HELP(44357) with current location
Find Nearest Safe Place by click on the map
Safe Place information
Safe Place yellow and black signs are placed on the designated facilities that are open 24/7, or close to it, and are safe locations for kids and teens to go to if they need immediate help, with no questions asked.
Whether it’s running away from home because they are mad at their parents or escaping a domestic violence situation, Safe Place locations are part of a safety net that is in place to make sure every kid and teen in Hillsborough County knows they have somewhere to go to – no matter when they feel the need to leave.
The Safe Place locations work with Hillsborough County Children’s Services, a licensed Safe Place agency, to provide a safe and comfortable access point for kids and teens in need. Within one hour of a child walking into a Hillsborough County Safe Place and asking for help, a Children’s Service employee will be on site and ready to help the child in need.
Those in need within Hillsborough County can visit the Safe Place Map to find the closest Safe Place site and the phone number to Children’s Services.
Kids and teens in crisis can also text SAFE with their current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) and within seconds, receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number to Children’s Services. TXT 4 HELP is a 24-hour text-for-support service that can be used not only in Hillsborough County, but nationwide, and will provide the nearest resources for help.
Basic requirements include:
- Easily accessible
- Youth friendly - safe and comfortable
- Ideally open 24 hours a day/otherwise as many hours as possible
- Located in a high-traffic area
- At least two trained employees on duty
The Hillsborough County Children's Services Command Center line is open 24/7 by calling 813-272-6606. For more information email Nikki Martin or call 813-853-1118.