A De La Salle Brother and a former Boystown member of staff have been charged and convicted of serious offences related to Boystown Beaudesert? What does yourtown have to say about this?
The management and staff of yourtown are appalled by the nature and extent of the offences. It goes against the ethos of the organisation and the hard work and compassion shown by hundreds of staff for over 57 years.
One Brother and one member of staff has been charged, found guilty and sentenced to prison. Does that mean that there are others who have also been charged? If so how many?
yourtown has been advised that four individuals were charged as a result of Police Investigation and there have been two convictions.
What was ‘Boystown Beaudesert’/boys’ school?
In 1961, the De La Salle Brothers established Boystown's inaugural site at Beaudesert, Queensland - 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.
Who was responsible for Boystown Beaudesert?
Boystown Beaudesert was owned and operated by the De La Salle Brothers.
Does yourtown operate a residential school for boys?
No. Boystown Beaudesert closed in 2001 and we do not operate any residential schools.
What is the relationship between the De La Salle Brothers and yourtown?
yourtown is a public company limited by guarantee, governed by an independent Board of Directors. yourtown is owned by the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers.
What steps has yourtown taken to ensure that these types of abuse never happen at yourtown?
yourtown has stringent recruiting procedures that include working with children and background checks. We have 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. This process includes researchers interacting directly with clients to ensure that their voices are heard.
Would De La Salle brothers ever be allowed to work in the yourtown organisation?
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 works 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.
Are any of the people who faced allegations or been on trial ever worked at yourtown?
No, they have not been employed by yourtown.
I wasn’t aware of these issues, why hasn’t yourtown been more transparent with supporters about these matters?
yourtown has provided detail on the ongoing investigation on the website, on social media platforms, including updating Q&A’s as information came to hand and we have responded to any media enquiries made. In addition, we have endeavoured to respond to any query received from supporters. We have tried to be as transparent as possible, however as the matters are not specifically related to yourtown and in respect of the judicial process we have had limited information to share.
Did yourtown change its name to avoid being associated with Boystown Beaudesert and the De La Salle Brothers?
No. Our change in identity is only about how we've evolved as an organisation. The change process was undertaken to ensure that the work we do today and will do in the future showcases the inclusive, energetic and national organisation we have become. It also reflects a fundamental Lasallian principle of association.
Will compensation be paid to those who were abused? And if so is yourtown using money from supporters (Art Union income) to pay compensation claims?
Any claims are the responsibility of the De La Salle Brothers. No yourtown supporter funds have been or will be used.
How can you justify working for an organisation that appears to have a history of abuse?
Whilst these claims are very concerning, Boystown Beaudesert did some very good work with close to 1,600 boys in the 40 years of its existence. Many former residents publicly and readily express their appreciation of their positive experiences at Boystown.
Since 2002, Boystown (now yourtown) has operated independently of the Brothers incorporated under a Board of Directors. We work with tens of thousands of children, young people and families each year. yourtown helps young people find jobs, learn skills, become great parents and live safe, happy lives. Our services include Kids Helpline, training and employment programs, parent education and specialist family accommodation.
We are deeply saddened by these events and would like to assure supporters that the safety and protection of children and young people is of upmost importance to us all at yourtown. Accordingly, staff undergo rigorous working with children checks and adhere to strict professional conduct standards which are evaluated and updated.