Safeguarding children, young people, their families and staff

Safeguarding children, young people, their families and staff

In addition to being a youth employer, via all of our various centres, services and programmes, YMCA serves over 300,000 thousand children and young people per annum. Whilst not exclusive, these include:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Camps
  • OSCAR (Out of School Childcare and Recreation)
  • Holiday programmes
  • Crèche facilities 
  • Sports and recreation e.g. fitness, gymnastics, swimming, swim school, basketball, dance
  • Youth services e.g. Raise Up.

Sadly New Zealand has some shocking statistics relating to child welfare. YMCA aims to lead the way in showing if we are going to change this picture: safeguarding is everybody's responsibility.

Our vision: We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities. 

We take our safeguarding responsibility very seriously. We have registered with the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) to complete their accredited Safeguarding Programme. This working partnership will enable YMCA to be the first organisation in New Zealand to gain accreditation as a Child Safe Organisation.

Safeguarding is a fundamental part of our culture and one we wish to share with all our customers and members. To support this we have:

  • A designated Safeguarding Manager
  • Clear policies and procedures that aim to keep our customers and staff safe
  • All staff receive mandatory safeguarding training.

On this page you will find links to our policies, staff/volunteer code of conduct and other information as we progress in our safeguarding journey. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is our overarching policy and is accessible via this website and in hard copy from any YMCA centre or via a request to the Safeguarding Manager.

We encourage any parent/carer or young person with concern relating to their or others safety or wellbeing in a YMCA facility to share these concerns. This can be done via:

a)  speaking to a member of staff in person; or

b)  contacting the YMCA Safeguarding Manager: 

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