Our commitment to child safety
As a youth-serving organization that reaches thousands of children and teens every year, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s most important work is creating safe environments for young people. Ensuring the safety and well-being of young people is foundational to everything we do at the Y to help them learn, grow and thrive.
'Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids. Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.'
Why Child Safety Matters
How the Y Creates Safe Spaces
How Everyone Can Help
How to Report An Incident
- You do not need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child or adult, or both. Or, you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them.
- Call the Tennessee Department of Child Services Hotline to report child abuse at 1-877-237-0004. Trained case managers will guide Hotline callers through a series of questions to determine the severity of the situation and how best to intervene.
- Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FOR-LIGHT or text LIGHT to 741741 to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.
Headed by experienced researchers, attorneys, social workers, and human resource professionals, Praesidium provides a strong framework to help organizations identify where abuse can occur. This site provides more statistics on the impact of sexual abuse and resources for parents. Visit Prevent Abuse from Praesidium
Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light serves as a source of empowerment as a leader in child sexual abuse prevention and uses the power of behavior change to protect children. This page presents action items to get more involved with this issue. Visit Darkness to Light
Tennessee Department of Child Services
The Tennessee Department of Child Services offers a hotline to report child abuse (1-877-237-0004). On this webpage, there's additional information on reporting abuse and investigating maltreatment of children. Visit Tennessee DCS