HomeWho We AreSafeguarding Children and Young People Policy


Thousands of children and young people take part in our services programs each year at Grampians Region YMCA facilities.  The breadth of our collective programs and services for children and young people includes:

  • Childcare facilities including long day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, limited hours care, and Kindergartens
  • Health and Fitness including teen gym programs
  • Sport and Recreation including  gymnastics, swimming, aquatic education


We take our responsibility for keeping children and young people safe very seriously. We follow clear policies and practices that aim to keep children and young people who participate in our programs and services safe.

We have a range of policies and procedures to help us do that.

Grampians Region YMCA staff

In terms of YMCA staff:

  • All of our staff must maintain a valid "Working with Children Check"
  • We don't appoint staff until a satisfactory police check has been completed
  • Our staff follow a CODE of CONDUCT, which provides guidelines for staff behaviour when working with children and young people.
  • All of our staff who work with children and young people complete a safeguarding children course within 3 months of being employed with us

Read more about these policies and procedures on this page.


Please find attached a link to our Safeguarding children and Young People Policy and child and young person friendly versions.:

ymca_CHILDProtectPolicy A4 191214 FINAL.pdf


Young people version of policy nov 2015.pdf

Full version of policies

If you would like to read all of the complete policies in regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People, please click on the attached documents:

ymca_CHILDProtectPolicy A4 191214 FINAL.pdf

Mandatory Reporting Policy reviewed November 2015.docx.pdf

Recruitment Screening Policy Nov 2015.pdf

Positive Behavior Policy Nov 2015.pdf

Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct Nov 2015.pdf

Memberships enrolments and facility hire policy Nov 2015.pdf

Australian Childhood Foundation - Safeguarding Children and Young People Accreditation

We are currently working with the Australian Childhood Foundation to complete the accredited safeguarding children's program.

In mid 2016, we will be audited against seven key standards which are the following:

  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

More information

If you would like more information or have any feedback in regard to or about Safeguarding Children at YMCA, please call Grampians Region YMCA on 03 5358 1100 or email ararat@ymca.org.au.

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