Y Canberra Region has a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable people first and foremost in all of our programs and activities. We have extensive Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures which help us to continually embed a safe culture.
“Safeguarding is our highest objective and the most important driver for decision making and practice at all levels of our organisation. We are proud of the work of the Safeguarding Team in developing the Y Canberra Safeguarding Strategy 2020-25 and fully support the implementation of its strategic pillars.
As a member of the longest running global youth focused organisation in the world, the YMCA Canberra Region is committed to providing child and youth safe environments. This is culturally embedded in our service practices and governance approaches of the Executive teams and Board of Directors. The Board strongly believe that by providing safe places for young people to engage is a key contributor to their achieving their learning and growth potential.
As part of this implementation, the Y Canberra Board has appointed existing Board Member Charine Bennett as the Safeguarding Representative.”
As an Australian Childhood Foundation partner, the Y complies with key safeguarding standards including:
*Our Queanbeyan and Bungendore services are currently working towards being independently reviewed.
Programs and services advocate for children and young people to air their concerns with our services, and to be confident in offering feedback; which is another important aspect of creating a culture where children and young people’s wellbeing is safeguarded.
All Y Canberra Region personnel complete appropriate safeguarding children and vulnerable people training and understand their responsibilities to act in the best interests of these people. If you would like further information around the Y Canberra Region’s Safeguarding please contact our Safeguarding and Quality Senior Manager on 02 6242 4040.
If you or your family are in need of support, please click HERE to view a list of agencies and helpline numbers.
If you would like to make a report in regards to the safeguarding of children and young people this can be done by:
1. Speaking to our staff in person
2. Contacting our Safeguarding Manager on 6242 4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Writing to our Safeguarding Manager at Level 1/25 Geils Court, Deakin ACT 2600.