Sense of Safety

1. I feel safe on my way to school in the morning.
2. I feel safe on the school grounds before school starts.
3. I feel safe in my class at school.
4. I feel safe at lunch in school.
5. I feel safe in gym class at school.
6. I feel safe after school before I go home.
7. I feel safe on my way home from school.
8. I feel safe at the park closest to my house.
9. I feel safe outside of my house.
10. I feel safe playing on my block.
11. I feel safe walking around my neighborhood.
These items measure feelings of safety at home‚ in or on the way to school‚ and in the neighborhood.
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         School and Academics
·         Personal Attitudes and Beliefs
This instrument can be found on page 129 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Students in grades 1-8.
Point values are assigned as indicated above. Scores are based on the mean item response of non-missing items up to a threshold of 2/3 of the items being non-missing. Six (6) items must be present to calculate a score. A higher score indicates a greater sense of feeling safe.
Never=0‚ Sometimes=1‚ Always=2

Henry D. Initial report of the Pilot Study for the Evaluation of the SAFE TO LEARN Demonstration Project. Technical Report‚ Child Health Data Lab. Chicago: Children’s Memorial Hospital‚ 2000.