The Y NSW is a benchmark organisation for best practice processes to keep children and young people safe. We value and respect parents as partners in the care and education of their children.
In 2020, the Y launched one of the first child safety models co-designed by more than 500 young people across the country. The “Stay Safe, Tell Someone” program was developed through the eyes and voices of children aged three to 18, who participated in face-to-face consultations and surveys.
In partnership with Delroy Consulting, the message from the research was clear – if you see something, hear something or feel something that makes you feel unsafe or worried, you should tell someone.
The results showed the best way for children to learn about safety and to raise concerns is through direct communication with a trusted adult and that we should keep information simple using images and words.
Our program includes a training package, videos, posters and merchandise, which are available to other child-facing organisations and can be seen in our 54 Outside School Hours Care services and 27 recreation and leisure centres.