The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network has worked with the Ministry to produce Safe Practice Guidelines for Youth Mentoring.

The guidelines have been developed to support providers to ensure their programmes are safe for both young people and volunteer mentors, and include advice to assist programme providers to identify safety-related aspects of their programme that require further development. The guidelines also encourage funders of youth mentoring programmes to use the guidelines to determine the suitability of youth mentoring programmes for sponsorship and other financial assistance.