YMCA Childcare

Safeguarding Children

Thousands of children and young people take part in programs each year run the YMCA of Brisbane and YMCA Social Impact. 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 are very proud to be fully accredited by the Australian Childhood Foundation following an independent and comprehensive review of our organisational policies and procedures. The Safeguarding Children Program was originally developed by the Australian Council for Children and Youth Organisations (ACCYO) now known as the Australian Childhood Foundation.

The program is a unique voluntary accreditation scheme for organisations who have a duty of care to children and young people whilst delivering a service or activity to them and / or their families. The program systematically builds the capacity of organisations to keep children and young people safe from abuse.

All YMCA team members recognise that children and young people have the right to develop and reach their potential in environments that are caring, nurturing and safe. Team members consider any form of child / young person abuse, inclusive of emotional, physical, sexual abuse or neglect, as intolerable under any circumstances; and have a legal, moral and Mission-driven responsibility to protect children and young people from harm and to ensure that any incidents of suspected child abuse are promptly and appropriately managed.

On this page are links to summaries of YMCA policies and practices. However should you wish to see the full Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, please request a copy at your nearest YMCA centre, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We encourage parents/guardians to report any concerns relating to the safety or wellbeing of their own or other child(ren) or young person in a YMCA facility. This can be done:

  • by speaking to our staff in person or by or
  • by contacting the YMCA’s Child Protection Officer on 3253 1706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
  • by writing to YMCA Child Protection Officer, PO Box 669, Spring Hill Qld 4004

Safeguarding Children Policies

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