The YMCA in Australia supports the response of the Commonwealth to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“We applaud the initiatives announced yesterday by the Federal Government towards fulfilling the recommendations of the Royal Commission. We now urge state and territory governments and all non-government institutions to do their part in implementing the recommendations in full,” said CEO, Melinda Crole.
The YMCA is actively working with the National Children’s Commissioner on the development and implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Institutions and has partnered with the Australian Childhood Foundation over many years to ensure all YMCAs meet child safe standards.
“The establishment of a National Office of Child Safety is a significant step to ensuring a whole of government response to safeguarding children and young people, but we need all governments and institutions to act so that truly national change can occur. The safety of Australia’s children cannot be delayed any longer. We need to learn to listen to the voices of our children and young people and provide committed leadership where child safety and wellbeing are embedded into our organisation's leadership, governance and culture,” said Mrs Crole.
YMCA Australia also supports the Royal Commission's key recommendation for the need for a national approach to systems such as the Working with Children Checks and Redress. Noting that YMCA was among the first non-government institutions to opt in to the National Redress Scheme which built on our own efforts to provide immediate support to survivors via YMCA's interim Redress Scheme.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to reporting publicly on how the YMCA is implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission and we encourage all non-government institutions to do the same.”
“As institutions and as a community, we share a deep responsibility to ensure the Royal Commission’s legacy continues to drive the necessary change in culture, governance, policy and practice. We owe this commitment to survivors and to all children and young people in Australia today and into the future,” said Mrs Crole.
Monday 18 June, 2018