Our child safe organisation

All children and young people have the right to feel safe at all times. At Youth Off The Streets, the welfare of the children and young people in our care will always be our first priority.

Youth Off The Streets has a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination and child abuse. We are committed to providing a culturally safe and inclusive organisational environment for all children and young people.

This includes respecting and protecting:

  • First Nations people’s sense of self and identity
  • people from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • people from diverse ethnic, religious or cultural backgrounds
  • people with disabilities
  • gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer or intersex people

Youth Off The Streets supports the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

We have specific policies and procedures that our Board, leadership team, staff, contractors, students and volunteers must follow to prevent harm to the young people who engage with our services.

We value participation

We understand that a welcoming, speak-up culture is critical to safeguarding the young people we work with. Our services provide a range of opportunities for young people, their families and carers to have their say.

We want your help

We want to know if you have any child safety concerns that require our action, or suggestions for ways that we could improve our services. Please contact us and we will make sure your issue is followed up.

Child Safe Policy

The Youth Off The Streets Child Safe Policy provides the framework for acting to ensure the safety of the children and young people who engage with our services. This policy applies to all Youth Off The Streets activities that involve, result in, or relate to contact with children and young people.

Child Safe Code of Conduct

Youth Off The Streets’ Child Safe Code of Conduct provides the behavioural guidelines and expectations that must be followed by our Board, leadership team, staff, contractors, students and volunteers to protect the young people we work with.

Mandatory Reporting Procedure

The Youth Off The Streets Mandatory Reporting Procedure outlines the process that must be followed when Youth Off The Streets workers come across children and young people in potentially harmful situations.

Reportable Conduct Procedure

The Youth Off The Streets Reportable Conduct Procedure covers what must be done in any instance where Youth Off The Streets workers are alleged to have engaged in harmful behaviour to children or young people.