Child safety is paramount to all of us involved with young people. Due to the age of FLL team members, the coach and the other adults on the team are responsible for the safety of the children on the team while they are in their care. Coaches, parents, and guardians are essential to team and child safety. Adults need to educate the team members and one another on how to recognize situations that may put a child at risk, and take measures to ensure that adults who work with their teams are reliable.
In addition to FLL team meetings, team members will have contact with adult volunteers at events. For events, it is essential that teams be educated about basic safety practices. For example, they should stay with their team (or at least in pairs) at all times, and tell team leaders when they are leaving the group (e.g., bathroom breaks). Also, they should not leave the venue except with the permission of their coach or mentor and of the parent who is taking care of them.
Without question, coach and parental supervision and vigilance are essential safety practices for FLL team members.