Mother’s anger as child protection takes years to remove child from property with alleged abuser

A Tasmanian mother whose child has been living on a property with a man alleged to have sexually assaulted her two other children has been reunited with her child, after what she says is years of inaction from child protection authorities.

Ashley* signed her children into her mother’s care about 12 years ago, when she was experiencing severe health issues that saw her go into a coma.

“I basically signed them over because child protection came in and said, ‘If you don’t, we’re going to have to put them into foster care’,” she said.

About two years ago, one of Ashley’s children disclosed her step-grandfather had been sexually abusing her for about a decade. Since then, Ashley says another one of her children has made a similar disclosure, and reported it to the police.

Those two children came back into Ashley’s care but her third child still remained at the property.

Ashley said she had been contacting Tasmania’s Department of Communities about her concerns for the third child’s welfare since April 2020 but no action had been taken.

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