National Redress Scheme
On Thursday 31st May 2018, the YMCA announced our intention to opt in to the National Redress Scheme.
Please see a link to our media statement here.
The National Redress Scheme commenced on 1st July 2018 and we encourage all survivors of child sexual abuse to make contact with the Scheme.
Information about the National Redress Scheme can be found at www.nationalredress.gov.au and via the National Redress Scheme Information Line 1800 737 377.
YMCA Redress will be ceasing operation we will no longer be accepting applications from 1st July 2018.
If you have previously received redress from the YMCA, you may also apply to the National Redress Scheme.
Direct Personal Response
As a participating non-government institution in the National Redress Scheme, the YMCA will continue to offer a direct personal response to survivors of child sexual abuse.
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 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.
We offer a trauma-informed and survivor-focused response and we are committed to listening to you. 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.
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.
If you have any questions please contact us on 1800 981 123 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See full YMCAs of Australia Public Apology here