What The Sacked Staff Said (Or: Shut The Hell Up)

An excellent post on what is coming out at the YMCA investigation. If heads don’t roll I’ll be very surprised. Management responses show the problem is far from solved.



The former YMCA Child Protection and Compliance Manager, Catharine Clements, has given evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Ms. Clements was dismissed from her position last year, after only four months in the job, shortly after documenting problems in the organisation.

She had compiled a list of “key constraints to implementing child protection” in the organisation in November 2012. These included that relevant policies “appear little used and require updating” and “problems with basic administration” including that an attempt to check if all staff had the Working With Children Check remained incomplete after over a year. At the time of her dismissal, over 400 staff had not completed the checks.

“Other red flags are that staff are told what they are to do, not asked, ‘no questions allowed’; it is unclear how staff can raise concerns,” her report stated. She went on to say…

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