The Y WA 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 managed. To this end, our programs and services advocate for children and young people to air their concerns with our services and be confident in offering their feedback. Furthermore, we ensure our staff are trained regularly to ensure they know how identify indicators of concern and support these when they arise.
494 staff participated in Feel Safe, Be Safe Safeguarding induction and refresher training during the year.
We operate 42 early childhood education and care services with 14 Early Learning Centres, 27 Before and After School Programs including Vacation Care, 1 Family Resource Centre that supports 25 educators in Family Day Care and In-home Care. In the last financial year, 1,571 children attended our Early Learning Centres, 3,498 children attended our Before and After School Programs and 3,337 attended our Vacation Care.
With 11 youth services / programs across metropolitan and regions across Western Australia we have had 48,403 occasions of participation. In addition, the launch of the The Y Vocational School in Mirrabooka we have supported 40 students to re-engage in the school system to help them prepare for life after school.
We have 4 Family Support programs to assist parents and children. During 2021-2022 we helped 2,458 children and parents through the Child and Parent Centre, including 887 children and parents in the Play At The Park program in South Headland, 170 families in the Play In The Park progam in Albany, our Smart Start program in Cranbrook, Boronia Playgroup and 190 young people through the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) program.
We operate three recreation centres, with two through managed contracts and one owned site. Over the 2021 – 2022 financial year we had 1,398 members use our gym facilities and 625 people attend our swim school.
In the year 2021-2022, we employed 558 staff, with 288 permanent staff and 270 casuals.
Of our 558 staff 29% are under the age of 25.
In a year where we continued to navigate through Covid, staff shortages and then the re-opening of our Western Australian border we are pleased to be able to celebrate and share the following highlights.
2021 – 2022 saw us reflect on where we are going, resulting in the development and the launch of our Growth for Impact Strategy.
Our CEO, our President and Youth Advocate share their messages regarding the year that has been.
We have many stories to share but for this year we are focussing on stories that illustrate the meaning of impact. Impact can be defined as “having a strong effect on someone or something” and in relation to our stories we focus on the strong positive effect on someone.