#childsafety | ‘Child Safety prepared to let this child die’: LNP MP says

A 12-year-old girl who joined a teenage gang and resorted to prostitution, drugs and alcohol after being taken from her foster care family is still homeless on Gold Coast streets, three months after the Bulletin first revealed her sad journey.

However, a Child Safety department chief says she is being “provided extensive daily support”.

The Bulletin can reveal the exchange of heart-breaking letters in recent weeks between the department, LNP frontbencher Ros Bates and the girl’s former foster parents as part of a desperate final bid by them to secure a safe home for the youngster.

The girl has made many concerning social media posts. Photo: Supplied

In a letter to Child Safety Minister Di Farmer, Ms Bates said the girl’s former-foster parents feared for her life after she engaged in risky sexual behaviours, self-harmed, and consumed drugs and alcohol.

“I am pleading for urgent ministerial intervention, which would see this child assessed by medical professionals, and placed in a safe home,” Mr Bates wrote.

The Mudgeeraba MP asked the Office of Public Guardian to intervene and it has agreed to help to the “limited scope of their ability”.

Labor this year announced it would be working with the LNP on a bipartisan overhaul of the child safety system.

Ms Farmer said at the time she had met with both Ms Bates and Shadow Child Safety Minister Stephen Bennett and had requested a detailed outline of LNP policy.

Ms Farmer told the Bulletin on Friday: “A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will work collaboratively with community-based support organisations, the Opposition and cross bench MPs to ensure the child protection system is as strong as it can be for the safety of vulnerable young Queenslanders.

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