Update on Youthtown is in the News

This is a final update to our communication on 26 July 2018.

I can advise that a former staff member has today, been sentenced on charges of unlawful sexual connection and indecent communications with a person under 16. The charges which he had previously plead guilty to relate to offences that took place at a Youthtown site in the first half of 2017.  

He has been sentenced to 11 months home detention including various conditions and registration on the Child Sex Offenders Register.

I wish to reiterate our sorrow that this offending has occurred, and that our thoughts are with the family affected by this crime.

As a team we are shocked that a former staff member deliberately breached our comprehensive policies and procedures as well as our trust.

We are deeply dismayed that such a crime was committed in our programme as we work hard to ensure that our programmes are safe and welcoming places for young people.

We remain vigilant about ensuring our staff undergo the appropriate checks (including police vetting) before starting employment with us,  are fully trained in our comprehensive policies and procedures, as the safety and well-being of our participants is our highest priority.  

We fully supported the police investigation who established that a crime had been committed and we are thankful that the justice system has brought this matter to a conclusion.

Paula Kearns