Child Protection

The YMCA is committed to providing a safe environment for every person who enters our doors, most importantly children who are entrusted to our care.



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Child Protection

Our core values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility – are part of everything we do. At the Y, children develop a community of friends and have fun in a safe, nurturing environment.

The Y understands that children today are faced with situations that may affect their safety and well-being. It is our job as a community organization to educate ourselves, our children and their parents and guardians, and the community about these potential dangers and to protect them from these dangers:

  • About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • About 90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser.
  • 86% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
  • About one in 9 youth experience online sexual exploitation.

Statistics provided by Darkness to Light

Protecting Children at the Y

The YMCA of Greater Richmond is committed to keeping children safe in our community. We are proud and respectful of the trust parents place in our YMCA.

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Abuse Prevention Education

Child abuse and neglect can endanger or impair a child’s physical or emotional health or development. We have the power to stop it and understanding the issue is the first step.

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Community Resources for Child Protection

These amazing partner organizations make it their mission to help prevent child abuse.

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