The YMCA considers all forms of child sexual abuse to be intolerable and inexcusable under any circumstances. We recognise the lifelong impact that child sexual abuse may have on the health and wellbeing of individuals, their families, and communities.
In seeking to address the wrongs of the past, and to assure survivors that we are doing everything possible to ensure the protection of children, we are also paving the way for what we sincerely hope is a better future for survivors, ensuring that we learn from the past and protect all children in our care, long into our future.
Our Approach to Redress is based on the following ten principles.
|YMCA Redress Principles||What does this mean for you?|
Our approach is survivor-focused
|We are committed to ensuring that your rights and choices are respected and supported. This means we will consult with you on your priorities and needs and that your choices will be at the centre of what we do.|
Our approach is transparent, independent and accountable
|We are committed to a redress process that supports independent decision-making and oversight of what we do. This means that decisions about redress will be made in collaboration with independent experts on our Panel, and the relevant detail for any decisions will be communicated to you.|
Our approach will be timely and responsive
|We are committed to a process that is timely, but one that will allow you the time that you need. |
Our approach is nationally consistent
|We are committed to ensuring that you will receive a response that is fair and consistent, regardless of where or when the abuse occurred, and regardless of when you choose to come forward.|
Our approach is trauma-informed
|We are committed to an approach that is underpinned by a clear understanding of the nature and impacts of child sexual abuse.|
Our approach is accessible
|We are committed to ensuring our approach to redress is accessible to survivors regardless of their location, circumstance, ability, cultural or language group.|
Our approach is not subject to time limitations
|We are committed to a process that means you will have the opportunity to access our approach to redress in a manner and at a time which suits you. There is no closing date on applying.|
Our approach applies a standard of proof of 'reasonable likelihood'
|We are committed to a process that is non-adversarial and non-legalistic. The Panel will apply a standard of proof of 'reasonable likelihood' when assessing your redress application. This is a lower standard of proof than the 'balance of probabilities' that is used in most civil litigation.|
Our approach must be sustainable
|We are committed to an approach that will underpin the ongoing sustainability of the YMCA Movement in Australia for the benefit of survivors and the Australian community into the future.|
Our approach maintains survivors' rights to civil litigation
|We are committed to ensuring that in accessing our approach to redress you maintain your common law right to civil litigation.|
As part of our Approach to Redress, the YMCA may offer a direct personal response, support to access counselling and psychological care and/or the offer of a monetary amount.
Direct personal response
If you are applying for redress, you do not have to meet with anyone from the YMCA if it is your preference not to.
However, if you wish, you can meet with a senior representative of the YMCA. This may be the CEO of your local YMCA or the National CEO or a member of the Board. You may prefer to meet with the Chair of our Redress Panel, who is independent from the YMCA. You are very welcome to bring a support person with you, to any meeting you choose to attend.
If you would like to receive an apology from the YMCA this can be provided in person and/or in writing.
If at any stage you change your mind about the kind of personal response you would like to receive, please just let us know.
Support to access counselling and psychological care
In providing redress the YMCA may also offer an additional amount of up to $5,000 towards any counselling or psychological care needs you may have.
If you require counselling support throughout the redress application process, the YMCA may also meet the reasonable costs of these needs.
As part of our redress response, the YMCA may also offer a monetary amount as a tangible acknowledgement by the YMCA that the sexual abuse of children is wrong and that we acknowledge the potential life-long impacts of abuse. A monetary amount offered through redress is not equivalent to compensation for damages.
The Redress Panel will apply a consistent methodology to each redress case taking into account the severity of the abuse, the impact of the abuse and other relevant considerations. The amount that may be offered for the most severe cases will be a maximum of $90,000 and all amounts are determined according to a scale. The amount offered may be in addition to support provided for counselling and psychological care.
If you have received a financial payment in the past from the YMCA in relation to the abuse, you will not be eligible for a monetary amount under YMCA Redress, but will be eligible for a direct personal response if you choose.
The decision of the Redress Panel and the relevant detail for their decision will be communicated to you in writing.
In accepting an offer of redress, you will maintain your common law right to bring civil litigation against the YMCA.
You will not be asked to sign a Deed of Release or any confidentiality agreement.