Building Strong Communities

Acknowledgement of Country

AZYC acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting. We pay respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

Child Safety

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding children and young people in involves promoting the welfare of those that are under 18 that spend time, are involved, or participate in the activities of the youth movements, and to protect them from harm.

Actions we take include:

  • Every child will be able to participate in youth movement activities
  • Protecting children from abuse and neglect.
  • Preventing harm to children’s health and wellbeing.
  • Ensuring children have a voice in decisions that affect them.
  • Empowering children to reach their full potential.
    Actively promoting the inclusion and participation of children.
  • Building a child safe culture and environment.
  • Updating and revising policies and procedures that ensure the safety of children and young people.

Why a focus on Safeguarding children?

We believe that a strong focus on the safety of children and young people is the right thing to do, especially in the youth movements. By working with our partners at Australian Childhood Foundation )ACF(, we are continually improving our processes and procedures to make children and young people feel safer and better supported.

We constantly want to be more professional for our children. Therefore, we make sure to work according to the following communications documents:

Complaints Procedure

If you feel you need to report an event you experienced, saw or heard, we will be happy to hear about it.

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If you have concerns about the safety of a child our young person:

Information for Children

We want all children and young people in our community to be safe, happy and thrive. No adult should behave in a way that makes you feel unsafe or afraid, including anyone your family, at school, youth movement, the services and programs you attend, or anywhere else in the community. If you are feeling unsafe, tell an adult you trust in the youth movement, or speak to one of AZYC staff members. This can be someone you already know, or anyone else from the youth movement.

What should I do if I feel unsafe, or worried that one of my friends is unsafe?

Tell an adult you trust. This might be a parent, family member, teacher, welfare officer, coach, doctor, Madrich from the youth movement, or therapist. It can also be someone you trust from one of AZYC or someone in the community, like a nurse, swim teacher, youth worker, librarian, family support case worker, early childhood educator/teacher.

Read our Child Safe Code of Conduct for Children and Young People to learn more about your rights and what our staff will do when you tell them you feel unsafe.

You can also go to your local police station to make a report or call 000