YMCA Geelong

safeguard children logoSafeguarding Children & Young People

YMCA Geelong has successfully been accredited under the Australian Childhood Foundation – Safeguarding Children Program.

Our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures detail our legal, moral and Mission-driven responsibility to protect children and young people from harm and ensures our staff have a detailed understanding of the policy and their vital role in creating a culture where children and young people’s wellbeing is safeguarded.

Statement of Commitment The Y and its Board of Directors have a zero-tolerance approach towards any form of child abuse or neglect. We are committed to the rights of children and young people to feel safe and be safe when participating in our organisation's activities, including those from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, with a disability, mental illness or in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Y employees, volunteers (including its Board Members), students on placement, consultants and contractors, affiliated associations, clients, parents, guardians, families and others associated with the Y are required to understand, and act immediately on, the important responsibility they have to:
  • Protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation by our people and take the appropriate steps to report and respond to any incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation brought to the attention of the Y
  • Be aware of, and familiar with, the Y National Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and YMCA Geelong Safeguarding Children and Young Policy Procedures including any incidents of abuse and neglect occurring outside the scope of the Y’s operations and services which may impact on children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Create and maintain a safe culture and secure environment that is child focused, transparent and respectful by all the individuals who work for, volunteer or access programs and services at the Y
  • Ensure no one feels threatened, afraid or unsafe and where they are aware of how, and comfortable to, raise any concerns or issues with Y staff, knowing that concern or issue will be acted on appropriately and taken seriously.
We have developed our own Feel Safe, Be Safe Framework which aspires to ensure that all Children and Young People are safe and feel safe at the Y, in their Families and in their Communities. Our Feel Safe, Be Safe Framework aims to develop:
  • A safe culture nationally which empowers Children and Young People by promoting Children and Young Person focused leadership and governance;
  • Safe environments at the Y and in Communities which empower Children and Young People to thrive; and
  • Safe operations to ensure Y People have the right policies, processes and practices to keep Children and Young People safe.
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