Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

The YMCA of Hobart Inc is independently reviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

Our Organisational Policy

YMCA of Hobart recognises that all children and young people have the right to develop and reach their potential in environments that are caring, nurturing and safe. We consider any form of child/young person abuse, inclusive of emotional, physical, sexual abuse or neglect, as intolerable under any circumstances.  Our organisation has 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 dealt with.

YMCA of Hobart Programs

Thousands of children and young people take part in programs at the Y around Hobart facilities each year. Our primary goal is to keep children SAFE when they are in our facilities and/or participating in programs.

Organisations or groups which hire or use YMCA Hobart facilities to provide programs and services to children and young people, are required to:

  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers have a valid working with children check
  • Agree to comply with Hobart YMCA Safeguarding Children and Young People policies or have equivalent policies in place.

YMCA of Hobart Staff

  • All of our staff must maintain a valid National Criminal History Check and a Working with Children check
  • Our staff follow a Code of Conduct which provide 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.

Read more about these policies and procedures in the links below…

Report a Safeguarding Concern

If you or someone you care about is in danger right now, please call 000 and ask for the Police.

If you are not sure if it is an emergency but would like to speak with the Police, please call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

If you have any trouble reading this page, please ask a trusted friend or adult to help you, or visit one of our Centres so that a Y Person can help you.

At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people. To be inspired, young people must feel safe and be safe. To make this happen, we encourage all children and young people- and the adults who care about them – to let us know if they have any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who participate in our programs and services.

Report a Safeguarding Concern


The National YMCA Safeguarding Children Unit has developed a Feel Safe, Be Safe Framework which aspires to ensure that all Children and Young People are safe and feel safe at the Y, in their Families and in their Communities. The Feel Safe, Be Safe Framework along with many other resources including the YMCA Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy can be viewed under the


Safeguarding Resources link below…

Safeguarding Resources

YMCA of Hobart – Safeguarding Children and Young People Operations Manual

The Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (Link above) applies to all YMCA Hobart staff. The companion to the Policy is the Operations Manual that spells out staff practices and procedures to ensure the YMCA is always a safe place for children and young people.  Here is a link to the Operations Manual.

Y Hobart Safeguarding Operations Manual October 2021

We welcome feedback on the SGC Operations Manual.  To provide your feedback on this document, please email

YMCA of Hobart Board Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People

The YMCA Hobart’s Safeguarding Operations Manual is endorsed by the YMCA of Hobart Board of Directors.  The following document declares the YMCA of Hobart Board of Directors commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People.

Y of Hobart Board Commitment

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The YMCA of Hobart acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal People as the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of lutruwita, Tasmania. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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