Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
About the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission commenced its work in January 2013 and is examining how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
YMCA Australia considers the work of the Royal Commission to be of the utmost importance in the care and protection of children and young people and we welcome the recommendations of the Commission towards ensuring all organisations and institutions are child safe.
Link to the Royal Commission homepage http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/
The Royal Commission examination of the YMCA of NSW
In October 2013, Case Study 2 of the Royal Commission examined the responses of YMCA of NSW and NSW police to allegations made in 2011 that Jonathon Lord sexually abused children in the care of the YMCA of NSW.
Full transcripts and submissions of the public hearing are available on the Royal Commission's website and the findings of the Royal Commission in relation to Case Study 2 are also now available.
Link to Case Study 2
YMCA Public Statements re Case Study Number Two
Public Statement Number 1 - 21st October 2013
Public Statement Number 2 - 1st April 2014
Public Statement Number 3 - 1st July 2014
The Royal Commission follow up
In December, 2016, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held a public hearing to follow up YMCA's response with current policies and procedures in relation to child protection and child safe standards, including allegations of child sexual response.
Link to Case Study No. 47
The Royal Commission have released a series of issues papers as part of its policy and research program, seeking input from individuals and organisations. YMCA Australia have provided responses to the following papers:
Issues Paper 1: Working With Children Check
Issues Paper 3: Child Safe Institutions
The YMCA is also a partner with the Australian Childhood Foundation in delivering the ACF Safeguarding Children Program throughout all YMCAs.
The Royal Commission has provided a comprehensive guide to support services including legal advice and counselling support for individuals and their families. Please visit this link to find support services in your area.
If you or someone you know has experienced abuse at a YMCA, as part of a YMCA program or abuse by a YMCA employee or volunteer, please contact us on the details below either by phone or in writing.
We would also like to encourage anyone who has experienced abuse within the YMCA to contact the police in your state or territory. Many individuals are also telling their experiences directly to the Royal Commission and we would also encourage this if you feel comfortable in doing so.
Disclosing experiences of child abuse can be very difficult and traumatic. Please visit the Support Services section of the Royal Commission's website to access those services which may provide you with support during this time.
YMCA Australia contact details:
Ms Jacki Whitwell
Executive Manager, Social Policy
Ph: 03 9693 9725 (direct line)
Royal Commission contact details: