YMCA Redress Scheme
Our support for survivors of child sexual abuse
As a community organisation that has provided services for children and young people for over 160 years in Australia, we have a profound responsibility for the care and protection of the children and young people we serve.
We now know that in the past, some children experienced sexual abuse while attending YMCA programs or activities.
The YMCA considers any form 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.
We are deeply sorry for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at a YMCA program or service as a child, and the suffering caused not only to those directly affected but also their partners and families.
See full YMCAs of Australia Public Apology here
Our approach to redress is part of the action we have taken to provide some support to those who have been harmed, and to ensure that children are safe in our care and the broader community now and into the future.
In seeking to address the wrongs of the past, alongside being able 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.
If you choose to come forward and share your story, we are committed to listening to you, and working with you. We have developed an interim approach to redress that is available to survivors of past abuse connected with the YMCA in Australia. While the YMCA supports a National Redress Scheme (to be delivered by Government), we know that many survivors are seeking assistance today.
All YMCAs in Australia have a deep and abiding commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people. While we know we cannot erase the pain experienced by abuse in the past, YMCAs are doing everything in their power to ensure that children and young people are protected from harm, today and in the future.
Please be assured that in any communication with the YMCA your right to privacy will be respected.
About YMCA Redress and how to get in contact with the YMCA