CHILD PROTECTION —
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE — ROEBOURNE
5. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing
the Minister for Child Protection:
I refer to the revelations during annual report hearings on
14 November 2018 that it was the expectation of the Department of Communities
that some of the six known perpetrators identified in Operation Fledermaus were
attending the same school as their victims.
(1) Are any of the perpetrators still attending the same
school as their victims?
(2) Are all of the victims still alive?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the
(1) The matter
referred to during the annual report hearing on 14 November 2018 relates to
Department of Education information. As the member was advised last year, in
instances when a young person charged or convicted with a sexual offence
attends a public school, every case is monitored, assessed and managed between
the Department of Education, the WA Police Force and the Department of
Communities. These assessments are based on what is best for the school
community and the individual young people. This responsibility is not taken
As previously advised, the number
of young people with charges attending school is very small, which
significantly increases the risk that providing detailed comment about
individual cases could lead to them being identified. The important response is
to create a safe environment by developing trust, increasing the networks
around the child and protective behaviours education.