Everything that we do in the world contains an element of risk, even just walking in the street. Although volunteering cannot really be viewed as a risky business, risks are always present and it is therefore important to assess and manage these risks accordingly. If something should go wrong with a youth volunteer, or the placement does not work out as expected, the host organisation must be fully prepared to respond to the situation quickly and effectively.

The organisation should be in a position to protect all volunteers against personal accidents, claims by third parties, or possible negative experiences. The organisation must also be aware that there can be some risk when engaging volunteers and these must be factored into the risk management profile of the youth volunteer program