CHILD PROTECTION — CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE — ROEBOURNE
247. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing
the Minister for Child Protection:
I refer to the minister's
answer to my question without notice 225 on 10 April 2018 in which she informed
the house that the minister has asked the department whether any of the 184
victims of child sex offences in Roebourne are residing with a person either
charged or convicted with one or more child sex offences.
(1) When did this occur?
(2) Who did the minister ask?
(3) Who was present when the
minister asked this question?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
6 November 2017, the minister's office referred the specific question
to the department's office of the director general for advice on
responding to Legislative Council question on notice 486. Since being
appointed, the Minister for Child Protection has received regular updates
regarding Operation Fledermaus from the director general and the assistant
director general, child protection and family support. These updates have
included information regarding the children affected by these offences.
Promoting the safety and wellbeing of
all Western Australians, particularly vulnerable children and families, is a whole-of-community
responsibility and all Western Australians, including members of Parliament,
must share this responsibility. Should the honourable member have any
information about any child or children who may be at risk of harm, I trust he
will take appropriate action to report these concerns to the Department of
Communities and/or Western Australia Police Force.