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    Safeguarding Children

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     At the YMCA we consider the safety and wellbeing of children and other vulnerable people to be our highest priority.

    YMCA South Australia strives for an inclusive society where all children and other vulnerable people have the right to develop and reach his or her potential in an environment that is caring, nurturing and safe.

    We are committed to providing a safe, happy and healthy environment free from abuse, harm and neglect.

    At YMCA South Australia, we have developed the right policies and procedures and a culture of safety from recruitment, induction to training and reporting to ensure every child or vulnerable person in our care is safe.

    YMCA South Australia is accredited with the Australian Childhood Foundation as a child safe organisation.

    Our Safeguarding Children and other Vulnerable People Policy applies to every staff member and volunteer and includes the following key elements:

    YMCA South Australia will:

    • Always act in accordance with our YMCA values of honesty, respect, caring and responsibility
    • Report and respond to any concern we have about the safety of children and other vulnerable people
    • Ensure all YMCA staff and volunteers complete appropriate safeguarding children and other vulnerable people training and understand their responsibilities to act in the best interests of children and other vulnerable people
    • Ensure all YMCA personnel have completed a National Criminal History Records check and have a valid Working with Children check (DCSI)

    For more information about our Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People commitment and what that means for the families that use our services you can download our brochure here.

    Importantly, we know that it takes more than just great policies and procedures to keep children safe.

    We have partnered with the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) to continually improve our child protection processes, systems and monitoring programs. This partnership will ensure our actions comply with seven key safeguarding standards:

    1. Commitment to safeguarding children
    2. Personnel roles and conduct
    3. Recruitment and screening
    4. Personnel induction and training
    5. Involving children and parents
    6. Child abuse reports and allegations
    7. Supporting a child-safe culture