Safeguarding Children & Young People

Childhood is a time to have fun, be carefree, splash around, play games – and the Y is a great place to enjoy being a child. At the Y, Safeguarding Children and Young People is our highest priority, so we want Children and Young People to hear our message loud and clear, we want you to “Feel Safe and Be Safe”.

Offering safe spaces for kids to enjoy being kids is one of our greatest privileges. Whether it’s at a Recreation Centre, an Early Learning Centre, an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program or a Youth Hub – we offer many programs and services for Children and Young People – places of connection and belonging.

We always want to see things through the eyes of Children and Young People – to make sure they’re kept safe. That’s why we are committed to truly listening to Children and Young People – and amplifying their voices. We believe in the power of inspired Young People, and for Young People to be inspired they must be safe, and they must feel safe.

Feel Safe, Be Safe at the Y

We are supported by a national Safeguarding team to drive our collective 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:

  • A safe culture nationally which empowers Children and Young People by promoting Children and Young Person focused leadership and governance;
  • Safe environments at the Y Ballarat and in our Communities which empower Children and Young People to thrive; and
  • Safe operations to ensure we have the right policies, processes and practices to keep Children and Young People safe.

The Y Ballarat is a recognised Safeguarding Children and Young People organisation accredited by the Australian Childhood Foundation.


The Y Ballarat is independently reviewed by the ACF to ensure our services are safe for all children and young people.

Reporting a Safeguarding Concern
At the Y, we encourage all children and young people- and the adults who care about them – to let us know if they have any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who participate in our programs and services. Report your safeguarding concern here and we will pass on your information to the right person to ensure that we respond in the right way.

Stay Safe Online, Tell Someone
Thanks to the support of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Y is proud to release the ‘Stay Safe Online, Tell Someone’ Program.

The ‘Stay Safe Online, Tell Someone’ program is completely free and compatible across all devices. 

Talk to someone you trust at the YMCA Write it down, Send a text, call or Email.
p: 0455 055 493
e:
talksafely@ymca.org.au


The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and future.
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