Safeguarding Children

We take our responsibility for keeping children and young people safe very seriously.

At the Y we believe in the power of inspired young people. For young people to be inspired, we know they need to feel safe and be safe. That is why the Y is independently reviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) to ensure our services are safe for all children and young people.

The ACF ‘Independently Reviewed’ stamp is a sign of assurance that the Y is a safe place for your children and young people.

On this page, you will find links to our policies, staff/volunteer code of conduct, and parent/carer information brochure.

Report A Safeguarding Concern

We encourage parents/guardians to report any concerns relating to the safety or wellbeing of their own or other child(ren) or young person in a YMCA facility. This can be done:

  1. by speaking to our staff in person; or
  2. by contacting the YMCA’s Child Protection Team on 07 3253 1700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or
  3. by writing to the YMCA Child Protection Team - PO Box 669, Spring Hill Qld 4004.

Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework

The YMCA has a culture of awareness and vigilance supported by:

  • Staff and volunteer screening, training and code of conduct
  • Clear documented policies and procedures
  • Incident reporting, management and analysis
  • A focus on staff and volunteers documenting any concerns they may have
  • A culture of ‘if you see something … say something’
  • A consideration of facility design

Local Safeguarding team + National Safeguarding Unit

Child protection is embedded into the YMCA both on a local and national level. YMCA Brisbane has its own dedicated safeguarding team, and on a larger scale the Y founded the YMCA National Safeguarding Unit – a body which ensures the highest standards of safeguarding practices, policies and procedures are in place across Australia.

The Y is also independently reviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we work upon and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. More information.

The YMCA of Brisbane is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
The YMCA of Brisbane ABN: 61 028 995 366
Y-Care (South East Queensland) Inc. ABN: 85 051 706 001
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