YMCA acknowledges end of Royal Commission with call for further commitment to child safety
Today marks the conclusion of the Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – one of Australia’s longest
running and most pivotal and expansive public inquiries.
This Royal Commission has shone a spotlight on the issue and
impacts of child sexual abuse, and has clearly illustrated the deficiencies of
institutions in preventing and responding to the abuse of children.
The Commission’s work also constitutes one of the largest
and most significant bodies of research – providing unequivocal evidence of the
nature and outcomes of child sexual abuse and the elements required for
institutions to be truly child-safe.
It is no longer acceptable to say “we didn’t know.”
Most importantly, the Royal Commission has provided an
opportunity for survivors to finally be heard, be believed and to courageously share
While the YMCA has faced many challenges through this
period, our engagement with the Royal Commission has contributed to the
transformation of our organisation and our continuing efforts to ensure all
children and young people are safe and protected in the YMCA.
We take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to
Justice Peter McClellan, Chair of the Royal Commission and all Commissioners on
the extraordinary work undertaken over the past five years.
We look forward to reading the final report of the Royal
Commission and working collectively to implement and embed its recommendations.
The YMCA supports the national harmonisation of pre-employment
screening such as Working With Children checks. We also support the national
implementation of child safe standards for all organisations and institutions
providing services to children and young people.
As institutions and as a society, we all share a deep
responsibility to ensure the Royal Commission’s legacy continues. We owe this
commitment to survivors of past abuse, and to all children and young people in
Australia today and into the future.
We call on all governments and institutions to join us in
making this commitment to Australia’s children.
- Melinda Crole