"Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give." United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
The YMCA Whittlesea is a not for profit organisation which recognises that all children and young people have the right to develop and reach their potential in environments that are caring, nurturing and safe.
The YMCA Whittlesea considers any form of child / young person abuse, inclusive of emotional, physical, sexual abuse or neglect, as intolerable under any circumstances.
The YMCA Whittlesea 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.
The YMCA Whittlesea is legally and morally responsible for ensuring that appropriate policies and practices are in place to minimise, if not eliminate, the risk of abuse of children and young people who participate in our services and programs.
The YMCA supports the Australian Government’s position that in our society, every child and young person deserves the right to thrive, learn and grow, be respected and valued and enabled to become an effective adult member of the community. The YMCA supports the concept that a community in which the safety, stability, health, development and learning of every child and young person is protected and promoted throughout childhood.