What does yourtown have to say about abuse allegations made about BoysTown and/or the De La Salle Brothers and the matters raised at the Royal Commission?
The management and staff of yourtown are appalled and deeply saddened by the nature and extent of the allegations and claims made. It goes against the ethos of this organisation and the hard work and compassion shown by hundreds of staff members and Brothers.
Are any of the people who faced allegations working at yourtown?
What steps has yourtown taken to ensure that these types of abuses never happen at yourtown?
yourtown has stringent recruiting procedures that include working with children checks and rigorous policies and protocols for child safety and reporting. Additionally, our various programs are regularly audited and evaluated to ensure services are delivered to the highest standards of quality, professionalism and ethical values.
yourtown, as an incorporated company, maintains quality certifications and practices that align with or exceed industry standards.
Would De La Salle brothers be allowed to work at yourtown?
Yes. We do have Brothers working in yourtown who along with staff focus on providing the very best service we can to those who turn to us. It is unfortunate that the actions of some may tarnish the good work of others. The Brothers, like all yourtown staff, work to the highest standards of child protection and the needs of our clients are of paramount importance to us.
What was the ‘BoysTown Beaudesert’/boys’ school?
In 1961, the De La Salle Brothers established BoysTown Beaudesert, a residential school for disadvantaged boys. The school operated for 40 years, closing in 2001 due to changes in Government policy regarding institutionalised child care.
Does yourtown operate a residential school for boys?
No. BoysTown Beaudesert closed in 2001.
Did yourtown change its name to avoid being associated with BoysTown Beaudesert and the alleged claims?
No. Our change in identity is only about how we've evolved as an organisation over more than 55 years. The name ‘yourtown’ showcases the inclusive, energetic and national organisation we have become; after all, we don't just work with boys.
Is yourtown using Art Union money to pay compensation claims?
No. The abuse claims relate to BoysTown Beaudesert and as such the De La Salle Brothers are responsible for any settlements. No yourtown supporter funds have been or will be used.
Has an apology been provided to those who have suffered?
Yes. The De La Salle Brothers are deeply sorry for what happened and sincerely apologise. Abuse of any form is never acceptable.
A public statement of apology has been issued.