If you or your family are in need of support, please view a list of agency and helpline numbers here
If you need to make a report regarding the safety and wellbeing of a child or young person, see the websites below:

Safeguarding at the Y

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.

 

Board Chair and CEO Forward

“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 and Quality 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:

  • Commitment to Safeguarding Children
  • Personnel Roles and Conduct
  • Recruitment and Screening
  • Personnel Induction and Training
  • Involving Children and Parents
  • Child Abuse Reports and Allegations
  • Supporting a Child-Safe Culture.

*Our Queanbeyan and Bungendore services are currently working towards ACF accreditation.

 

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.

Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy

Safeguarding Children & Young People PDF

Safeguarding Policies
Reporting

Reporting

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 safeguardingcanberra@ymca.org.au
3. Writing to our Safeguarding Manager at Level 1/25 Geils Court, Deakin ACT 2600.