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SAFEGUARDING AT THE Y
YMCA Central is committed to keeping children, families and staff alike healthy and safe. As per the privacy act, should there be any welfare concerns relating to your child, where specialist advice and guidance is needed, YMCA Central will be required to share any relevant information with appropriate agencies (such as Oranga Tamariki, Health & Education, Police etc) with or without parental consent. Any questions, or for further guidance, please speak to your YMCA Centre Manager or our policies and procedures
COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARDING
WE TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR KEEPING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE VERY SERIOUSLY
YMCA, including its Board of Directors, commits to creating and maintaining an environment that ensures all people involved in YMCA activities, programmes or services act in the best interests of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and take all reasonable steps to ensure their safety, welfare and wellbeing.
Thousands of children and young people take part in programmes each year run by the YMCA. The breadth of our collective programmes and services for children and young people includes ( but is not limited to):
- Childcare Services
- Early Childhood Education
- Health and Fitness
- Sport and Recreation programmes
- Youth programmes
- Affordable accommodation
- Outdoor Education
There is a requirement for all YMCA employees, volunteers (including its Board of Directors), student placements, consultants and contractors, affiliated associations, clients, parents, guardians, families and others associated with the YMCA to understand the important responsibility they have to:
- Protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation
- Be alert to incidents of abuse and neglect occurring outside the scope of our operations and services that may have an impact on the children, young people and vulnerable adults to whom we provide a service; and
- Create and maintain a safe culture that is understood, endorsed and put into action by all the individuals who work for, volunteer or access our programmes and services.
As per the privacy act, should there be any welfare concerns relating to children or young people affiliated with our services, where specialist advice and guidance is needed, YMCA will be required to share any relevant information with appropriate agencies (such as Oranga Tamariki, health and education providers, police etc) with or without parental consent.
We encourage parents/guardians to report any concerns relating to the safety or wellbeing of their own or other child(ren) or young persons in a YMCA facility. Children and young people are encouraged to report any concerns relating to their own safety or that of other child(ren) or young persons in a YMCA facility
This can be done:
- by speaking to our staff in person
- by contacting the YMCA’s Safeguarding Manager on 0274149496 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- by writing to YMCA Safeguarding Manager – PO Box 30247, Lower Hutt 5040
Upon contacting YMCA’s safeguarding manager, an initial response will be received within 72 hours of the initial contact being made
If you would like to contact us about any of the above information or to contact our Safeguarding Manager you can email us by clicking on the link below
LEARN, GROW AND THRIVE AT THE Y
When school is out, the Y is in! The Y offers a range of recreational based kids programming available throughout the year. Our programmes create fun, safe, fun-filled environments for kids to grow in body mind and spirit. Our values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility are paramount to the delivery of our programmes.
FEEDBACK & COMPLAINTS
Y-Central is fully committed to listening and responding to all customers, staff and public concerns, questions or comments about our organisation. Our priority is to have an open and accountable organisational culture that understands the needs of children, their whanau, and our community. We welcome your feedback.