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.
Y Australia is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable people as a priority. We have extensive Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures which help us to continually embed a safe culture.
“Y Australia is dedicated to empowering children and young people to feel safe and be safe at the Y, in their homes and in their communities. Our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, serves as our commitment to achieving this goal and provides insight into how we can and will do this."
We have established Y Safeguarding to drive our collective national approach to safeguarding Children and Young People and 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:
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:
The YMCA has a culture of awareness and vigilance supported by:
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.