A YMCA childcare centre in south Sydney was still not meeting child-protection standards more than a year after revelations a pedophile worked there unchecked.
In January last year Jonathan Lord, a YMCA NSW employee, was sentenced to 10 years in jail with a six-year non-parole period for offences against 12 boys at the centre in Caringbah.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told at a brief hearing on Friday that the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) inspected the centre in November and wrote to the YMCA in December saying some staff there still did not know current child protection law or how to apply it.
The DEC letters were submitted to the commission on Friday and can be viewed under exhibits case study 2 at: www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
The level of staff training at the Caringbah centre was an issue during the commission's public hearing into the Lord case in October.
In December Gail Furness, counsel advising the commission, recommended it find that YMCA NSW was not a child-safe organisation and was unlikely to be under current senior management.
DEC manager David Walsh in one letter said he would be reassessing whether the YMCA NSW continued to be fit to be involved in the provision of education and care services.
"I am not confident the YMCA NSW is a child-safe organisation," he said in another letter.
The YMCA said in a statement it had been working closely with DEC throughout the hearing and would continue to do so to meet the conditions.
"We are committed to learning from the Jonathan Lord incident and doing all that we can to keep children safe."
The ABC reports that the commission also heard the NSW government was proposing to cancel the supervisor's licence of Jacqui Barnat who was the children's services co-ordinator at the YMCA Caringbah when Lord began work there.
Ms Furness recommended that Ms Barnat be referred to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions for giving false and misleading evidence to the inquiry.
She has a fortnight to show why this should not be done.