YMCA denies claims of failure over worker who abused boys

YMCA denies claims

The NSW YMCA has denied claims made at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that its senior staff are to blame for a child care worker who abused boys in his care, reports ABC Online.

Jonathan Lord was hired to work at a YMCA child care centre in Sydney without the appropriate background checks. The 27-year-old is now behind bars for abusing 12 boys.

His colleagues told the Commission they did not think his 'grooming' behaviour was suspicious. The YMCA was criticised during an inquiry which was part of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.

Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission, Gail Furness, made a damning assessment of the YMCA's child protection practices and questioned whether the CEO, Phillip Hare, and senior manager, Liam Whitley, were fit to hold their positions.

Ms Furness accused both managers of shifting the blame, and portraying Lord as a 'mysterious paedophile' beyond their control.

FULL STORY YMCA denies claims of failure over childcare worker (ABC)

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