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​​​​Safeguarding Children

As well as providing developmentally appropriate and meaningful programs, we are committed to our duty of care and aim to keep young people safe. We have a number of policies and procedures to help us to do that.
These include:

  • All of our staff and volunteers must maintain a valid Working With Children Check
  • We do not appoint staff or volunteers until a satisfactory police check has been completed
  • Our staff and volunteers 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 ​

Australian Childhood Foundation

In 2014 Manningham YMCA became accredited as a SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN ORGANISATION through the Australian Childhood Foundation. This program aims to increase the safety of children and young people who participate in MYMCA programs by ensuring that MYMCA has implemented and continues to improve upon child-protective policies and practices throughout the organisation.

Accreditation involved an extensive external audit process against seven standards:

  • Commitment to Safeguarding Children
  • Staff roles and conduct
  • Staff and volunteer recruitment and screening
  • Staff induction and training
  • Involving parents and children in safeguarding children
  • Child abuse reports and allegations
  • Supporting a child-safe culture


MYMCA has maintained accreditation through 2015 and 2016 through an internal reporting process, which is reviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation. A full externally audited reaccreditation is due to take place in mid-2017

Key Safeguarding Policies

Commitment to safeguarding children and young people at Manningham YMCA in child friendly language

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policies: for Young People

Safeguarding Children Policy.pdf

Responding to Child Abuse Reports and Allegations​

Guidelines for Parents.pdf

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