unit one

Group Contract


  1. To ensure that the young people are fully aware of health and safety procedures.
  2. To ensure that the young people develop clear rules around respect.
  3. To ensure that the young people are clear on the boundaries of confidentiality, particularly in relation to child protection.

Length of exercise: 30 – 40 minutes

Materials needed:

  1. Pens, markers and paints
  2. Flip chart paper and A4 paper
  3. Art materials (optional)


  1. Divide the young people into groups of 4/5.  (2 min)
  2. Give the groups the instruction that they have the task of developing a contract where “they” come up with a list of rules that everyone must stick to.  The rules should try and be constructed positively, not just a list of what they cannot do.
  3. Using the A4 paper, the groups brainstorm the rules they feel need to be included in the contract.  (10min)
  4. The groups then prioritise the top five rules that need to be included in the contract. (5min)
  5. One person from each group is nominated to feed back their prioritised rules to the larger group. (5min) 
  6. The larger group then work together to decide on 10 rules for the contract. (5min)
  7. Using the chart paper, the group design a poster which will clearly outline the contents of their contract. (10min)
  8. Each Young Person will then sign this contract thus agreeing that they will follow these rules for the duration of the programme.  (3 min)

Facilitator notes:

  • Although it is essential that the participants come up with their own rules so they feel ownership of the contract, the facilitator can ask leading questions if the contract does not include items such as safety, swearing, respect or confidentiality.
  • If, during the programme, the leaders feel the young people are not following the agreed rules they can encourage them to reflect on the contract to determine “how do you feel you are getting on with the contract” or “are there any rules you are finding it harder to stick to than others”.