Tag Archives: Young Men’s Christian Association

The Organizational Culture (Or: My Organisation – Right or Wrong)

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse has completed its second “case study” – the YMCA and Jonathan Lord (see previous postings). The enquiry focused on how he managed to slip past the YMCA’s filter for … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Lord Case Study (Or: Learning From the Masters)

Image: Catholic Education PR man, Mark Rix, with his mother, at a school function (Image Source: Catholic Education Office) They’re no fools, these officials of the YMCA (formerly known as the Young Men’s Christian Association). When they found they had … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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What The Police Said (Or: We Did The Best We Could)

In previous evidence, on the Jonathan Lord case (see previous posting), at the second “case study” hearing by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, there were inconsistencies between that given by the YMCA and the New … Continue reading

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What Camp America Said (Or: Red Flags In The Cabin)

Jonathan Lord went to the U.S. under the Camp America scheme whereby young Australians work in the Summer Camp system there for a short time. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that Lord, convicted … Continue reading

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What the Staff Said (Or: He Was So Cute)

Evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, by six former staff members, gives the lie to claims by the YMCA’s lawyer, Gregory Sirtes (pictured above), that the organisation boasted “industry-leading practices.” The director of the Early Childhood … Continue reading

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What the Parents Said (Or: We’re Not Just Stirrers)

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, at its “case study” hearings on YMCA child-care worker, Jonathan Lord, has heard evidence from parents of children abused by him. The grooming process used by Lord was revealed by … Continue reading

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