This page contains links to a number of specific policies and gives additional information about how the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament Executive and the YMCA seek to manage risks associated with the program. There are no obvious dangers in regard to participating in the program but it is important that the Executive consider and document any potential risks and list policies that we have in place to overcome them. These policies reflect the extensive risk management strategies we have in place and those published are the policies most likely to directly affect Youth Members.
For the sake of clarity and openness, these policies are publicly available but they do belong to the YMCA and/or YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament and are copyright.
Consent Form Policy
This policy applies to activities conducted within the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament program which involve appointed Youth Members.
Signed consent is required from Youth Members for participation in the program as a whole. This consent covers limited disclosure of personal information, storage and use of the Youth Member's name and image for promotional purposes, participation in events and other matters documented on the form. Parent/Guardian signature is required for all Youth Members aged under 18 years. For future reference, records of consent will be held on file. Should consent be required but not received on time, the following procedure will be enacted:
Transportation In Private Vehicles Policy
On certain occasions during the program, participants may be required to travel in a privately owned vehicle driven by a member of the Youth Parliament Executive. It is acknowledged that this practice is not ideal but it is practically necessary.Examples of circumstances in which this is necessary include:
Except in extraordinary circumstances, all travel during Residential Sitting Week is via chartered bus. Due to smaller numbers and varied arrival times, this is not an option for collection/drop off just prior to/just following program events. The executive will not collect or deposit Youth Members outside of these times unless specific private arrangements have been made.
In order to minimise the risks of travel in private vehicles, the program has a number of safeguards in place:
This policy applies to sponsorship of individual Youth Members to cover their participant fee or any other costs required to participate in the program. Specifically: