Safe Place in Hillsborough County

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. 

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Text SAFE to 4HELP(44357) with current location

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Safe Place information

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. The program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display a yellow and black sign.

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.
There are many ways Hillsborough County kids and teens can find a Safe Place location besides looking for the bright yellow and black sign.

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.

Step One – A young person enters a Safe Place and asks for help.
Step Two – The site employee finds a comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the licensed Safe Place agency.
Step Three – Within 30 to 60 minutes, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or agency staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and, if necessary, provide transportation to the agency.
Step Four – Once at the agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support. Agency staff makes sure the youth and their family receive the help and professional services they need.
To become a Safe Place site in Hillsborough County, interested businesses should contact the Safe Place Coordinator at Children’s Services to schedule an initial assessment.
Basic requirements include:
  • Easily accessible
  • Visible
  • 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 Coordinator will detail the responsibilities and requirements to become a site. If requirements are met, the potential site will receive orientation and training by the Safe Place Coordinator at the local licensed Safe Place agency, Hillsborough County Children’s Services.

 

Contact

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.