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Safeguarding children

Statement of Commitment

The Y and its Board of Directors have a zero-tolerance approach towards any form of child abuse or neglect. We are committed to the rights of children and young people to feel safe and be safe when participating in our organisation's activities, including those from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, in out-of-home care, with a disability, mental illness or in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Y employees, volunteers (including its Board of Directors), students on placement, consultants and contractors, affiliated associations, clients, parents, guardians, families and others associated with the Y are required to understand and act immediately on, the important responsibility they have to:

  • Act according to the values of the Y: honesty, respect, caring, responsibility and safety
  • Ensure all Y NSW staff and volunteers complete appropriate safeguarding children and young people training and understand their responsibilities to act in the best interests of children and young people
  • Protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation and take the appropriate steps to report and respond to any incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation brought to the attention of the Y NSW
  • Be aware of, and familiar with, the Y National Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and the Y NSW's Procedures including any incidents of abuse and neglect occurring outside the scope of the Y’s operations and services which may impact children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Ensure no one feels threatened, afraid or unsafe and that they are aware of how, and comfortable to, raise any concerns or issues with Y staff, knowing that concern or issue will be acted on appropriately and taken seriously.  

The Y’s own, endorsed, mandatory National Safeguarding Licensing Standards are based on the recommendation of the Royal Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission's Child Safe Organisations National Principles.

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