a severely disabled girl was left in the care of her stepfather, who was a convicted paedophile
The paedophile was given supervision of the girl who was then four years old after lying about his convictions for indecent assault against two children more than 10 years earlier. The indecent assaults were committed against children who were 2 and 5 years old.
Authorities were alarmed when it was found out that the grandmother died, which left the child under the sole supervision of the paedophile. The uncle of the child is battling in court to gain the custody of the child with the support of Families SA. The uncle has also moved into the home until issues are finalized.
Families Minister, Jennifer Rankine, said that the child is cared for 24 hours, seven days a week by paid health professionals and is under constant supervision.
There is no evidence that this child has been sexually abused in any way, but in South Australia, the Children's Protection Act seeks to protect children. If there is any indication that a child has been sexually abused in any way, then a report should be made. This applies to all those professionals who are involved in person to person relationships which includes doctors, dentists, nurses, police, psychologists, probation officers, teachers, social workers, clergy, family day carers and anyone else who works with children where services are offered
Families SA and the Police are legally responsible for protecting children. They have the right to conduct investigations if there have been any child abuse reports and can remove children from their homes if evidence is found.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.