The AZYC and our 8 affiliate Zionist Youth Movements work extensively with children in all our activities. As such, we believe that safety is at the forefront of our activities and have policies and procedures in place to protect children and young people.
The AZYC and the Movements work with the Australian Childhood Foundation and have implemented the AZYC Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy that seek to protect our chanichim from child abuse and neglect, and maintain a safe environment in which chanichim feel comfortable to be in.
The AZYC and the youth movements we represent take seriously our responsibility to create an environment that is caring and safe primarily because we recognise such an environment is essential for educating, empowering and impassioning Jewish youth. Moreover, we are committed to safeguarding children and to ensuring that all young people who attend our activities, camps and seminars are protected from harm.
The AZYC’s commitment to creating a safe environment for all children who attend a Zionist youth movement is endorsed and approved at the highest levels of the AZYC and at the highest levels of our parent body the Zionist Federation of Australia (the ZFA).
In line with this commitment, the AZYC has adopted safety guidelines, which are divided into two main areas: firstly, how to protect children from intentional abuse and neglect and, secondly, how to protect children from physical injury. These guidelines are not intended to be a burden; they are designed to be a tool to help the movements ensure that all their activities are safe to a very high degree.
The policy applies to all youth movement leaders (including persons who would have any authority or decision making responsibility for children who may not be identified as a ‘leader’) over the age of 18 (even if those leaders are in year 11) and to all shlichim. While individual movements may choose to adopt stricter or more specific policies, no movement may fall below the standard set out in this document. As a result, we expect every leader and every shaliach, regardless of their role or level of responsibility, to act to safeguard children from harm by:
We are committed to safeguarding young people in our care and ensuring that they feel and are safe.
- adopting the practices and behaviour we have set as our standard when carrying out their roles, and
- reporting any abuse or neglect of which they become aware to our Committee and/or to external authorities responsible for child protection or to police, regardless of whether that abuse is being perpetrated by leaders within the youth movement, or by those outside of it including those from the child’s family, extended family, their family’s extended network or strangers.
The policy and procedures have allowed for the Movements to become formally accredited as a ACF Safeguarding Children organisation in March 2013.
- AZYC Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
- AZYC Guidelines to Parents
- AZYC Children’s Rights Statement
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation.