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YMCA NSW statement in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's release of its report into Case Study Two

Today marks a significant day as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse releases its report regarding Case Study Two into the responses of YMCA NSW and the police to allegations made in 2011 that Jonathon Lord sexually abused children in the care of YMCA NSW.

YMCA NSW welcomes the findings in the Royal Commission’s report and acknowledges that, through the Royal Commission process, failings have been identified in its procedures and in the implementation of its policies, including child protection.

YMCA NSW sincerely apologises to the children who were abused, as well as the families and colleagues who have been affected by the actions of Lord. YMCA NSW has begun, and intends to take further, proactive measures to improve child protection policies and processes.

We will continue to work closely with the Department of Education and Communities and industry bodies to ensure we are operating at best practice.

YMCA has a zero tolerance for any form of child abuse and is committed to keeping children safe and fostering an environment where children and young people can learn and grow and are respected and valued.