Information for youth aged from 15-17 years old


1. Do I need parental authorization?

Yes, it’s compulsory! The downloadable form must be completed by your parents and kept by your group leader.

2. Will I be staying with my group or friends during my stay?

Yes and no! Sharing groups are formed at the beginning of the week, bringing together young people from different groups for morning and afternoon activities. Each sharing group includes at least one adult leader. You can meet up with your friends during free time and meals.

3. How will I be housed?

You will be staying with your group and perhaps with other young people your age. Your group leaders will stay in the same area, but not in the same dormitory. In dormitory accommodation , men and women are separated.

If you have any questions about your accommodation or feel uncomfortable about anything, you can speak to your group leader.

4. What do I do if I’m not at ease with an activity in the program or if I have a problem with a leader?

Talk with the leader of your own group first. You can also talk to the brother who set up the sharing groups.

5. Who can I talk to when I feel or notice something disturbing, or when someone tells me something?

It’s really important you don’t try to deal with the situation on your own. You can talk to an adult you trust, such as the person in charge of your group. At La Morada or El Abiodh you can contact the brotherin charge of safeguarding, or you can reach him 24 hours a day on +33 749 04 75 85. This number is displayed in all the dormitories and meeting places. You can also send an e-mail to taize.safeguarding protonmail.com. People who are not part of the community will read it and get back to you within 24 hours.

6. If I have a problem with the person in charge of my group, who can I talk to?

You can tell your parents or a trusted adult, or come to La Morada to talk to a brother or to El Abiodh with a sister. You can also phone +33 749 04 75 85 (24 hours a day) where a brother will be there to listen to you.

7. I’m already back home and I need to share something difficult that happened to me or that I witnessed in Taizé. What can I do?

Il y a plusieurs possibilités :
• speak with someone you trust from the group you came with.
• write to the community community taize.fr or to the Reports Reception and Monitoring Team: taize.safeguarding protonmail.com.
• contact a national hotline (for example: UK +44 800 1111, the Childline service of the NSPCC; US +1-800-422-4453 to reach the ChildHelp hotline, or local church safeguarding teams.)

8. What do I need to know about my personal data?

Protect your personal data!

Be careful not to share your personal details (photos, personal image, contact details, address, social network profile, etc.) with people you’re not sure about or on the internet. Protect yourself as best you can from the disclosure of personal information.