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Safeguarding Children

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.

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

Our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy applies to every staff member and volunteer, instilling a legal, moral and Mission-driven responsibility to:

  • Protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation
  • create and maintain a child safe culture that is understood, endorsed and put into action by all individuals who work for, volunteer, govern or access YMCA program, service or managed facility
  • Acknowledge that protecting children is everyone's business

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

Child Abuse Report Line (CARL)

If you are concerned about a child and have a reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected, phone the report line, on:

13 14 78

The report line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All serious concerns must be reported via the report line and not via the online reporting system provided on the CARL web page. Serious concerns include when you suspect a child is in imminent or immediate danger of:

  • serious harm
  • serious injury
  • chronic neglect
  • or when a child is in care of the Department for Child Protection and you suspect they are being abused or neglected.

The Government of South Australia through the Department for Child Protection has provided additional resources in relation to reporting child abuse, including the information details required for lodging a report as well as indicators of abuse or neglect.