by Becca, Main Branch
Did you know that all City Library locations are part of the Safe Place system? This means that you can arrive at any City Library building and a librarian can help you call Safe Place to come pick you up from the library and take you to a shelter, to talk with a therapist, get away from a dangerous situation, and more.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is Safe Place?
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 in need of immediate help and safety.
You can also text “SAFE” and your current location to: 44357
Who runs Safe Place?
Although Safe Place is a National Organization, Safe Place in SLC is run by Salt Lake County Youth Services.
Where will they take me?
A SLCO Youth Services staff member will pick you up from the library and take you to a Youth Services Juvenile Receiving Center. There are 2 locations:
South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm
What is the Youth Services Juvenile Receiving Center?
The Juvenile Receiving Center is a 24/7 facility that provides free crisis counseling, referrals to community agencies, and short-term placement for youth. If you have a way of getting there, you can also walk into the Receiving Center at any time, without first coming to the library.
What other locations are Safe Place sites where I can be picked up?
Look at this list to see what Safe Place pick-up sites are located in SLC.
Not in SLC? For a pick-up location closest to you, enter your current zip code here. Safe Place sites should also have the yellow “Safe Place” diamond symbol on or inside the building.
Will Safe Place notify my parents?
Safe Place notifies parents on a case-by-case basis. If your parent or guardian is the person responsible for putting you in a dangerous situation, such as abusing or neglecting you, Safe Place will notify the police and/or DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services). In other circumstances, Safe Place will likely notify your parents just to let them know where you are and that you are safe.
Is Safe Place receiving youth during COVID-19?
Yes, you will still be able to use Safe Place during COVID-19.
How long can I stay with Safe Place?
Safe Place allows teens to stay with them for 24-72 hours. After 72 hours, it is their hope that they have found you a more stable solution, preferably staying with a family member or at a long-term shelter. During those 72 hours, Safe Place employees will work with you on getting you the resources and help you need.
How can the librarians help me?
If possible, ask to speak with your library’s Teen Librarian when you arrive at the Library. Let them know that you are in need of Safe Place services. The librarian will then: call Safe Place for you, find you a safe area of the library to wait in, confirm that the person picking you up has Safe Place identification, and escort you from the library to the Safe Place transportation vehicle.
Still have some questions? For more FAQs, take a look at the Safe Place website.
As always, the Library is here for you. We can help you find many other resources like Safe Place including books, online resources, chat lines, shelters, and other services for youth. It’s okay to ask for help.
If you or someone you know is suffering or in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
The Trevor Project specializes in helping LGBTQ+ youth. Call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386, or text START to 678678.
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