Child Protection

The SPEAKER: Is that sufficient information for the minister to answer the question?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (14:57): Well, it is an abbreviation, but I won't seek further information at this stage because it's inappropriate to discuss individual cases of children—I actually think children anyway, but specifically under guardianship. I will seek a briefing and determine what information I am able to provide in this public forum.

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (14:58): I have a supplementary. Just a point of clarification, baby Evie is not under guardianship: she is with her father. My question is again to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Given the psychologist's report dated 18 September 2015 recommended, and I quote, 'It is imperative that decisions regarding the unborn infant's long-term care arrangements are made in a timely manner (and preferably within a six-month period),' why was baby Evie left with her mother who has now been charged with aggravated assault for an incident that occurred on 1 October 2016, when Evie was eight months old?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (14:58): Again, I won't canvass the private details of an individual at present. I will seek a briefing to determine whether there is any information that I can provide.