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YMCA NSW says improved child safety measures inflict financial pain

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The YMCA New South Wales is counting the cost of improved child safety, with one senior executive telling a royal commission the organisation was at a financial disadvantage because of the new measures.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing how the YMCA has changed since being branded an “unsafe child organisation” two years ago.

In June 2014, the commission found systemic failures had allowed convicted paedophile Jonathan Lord to abuse children at an outside-school-hours care facility in Sydney’s south.

Today, the inquiry heard the YMCA had since taken many steps to improve its procedures, including hiring executives with child protection backgrounds and introducing mandatory checks for employees.

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