Incompetent Minister Ignores Grandmother’s Pleas For Girls’ Safety
Victoria Shadow Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
Children Suffer As Court Order Extension Overlooked
Victor P Taffa
A grandmother in central Victoria has been left distraught after multiple claims of abuse and neglect regarding her three granddaughters has been ignored by the Minister for Community Services Lisa Neville, Shadow Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said today.
“This is an appalling case highlighting the neglect and mismanagement of the child protection system by Lisa Neville and the Brumby Government.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“The Department of Community Services failed to follow up to ensure a court order was extended, resulting in the girls being unsupervised in a potentially harmful environment.
“Nothing gets better under Premier John Brumby and children continue to suffer.”
“John Brumby is more interested in protecting Lisa Neville than protecting vulnerable children.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
The three children were placed in the care of their grandmother for nearly two years because the children were living in ‘filthy’ conditions, with neglect and the prevalence of drug taking resulting in one of the girls, then two and a half years old, being taken to hospital after taking ecstasy.
The children were returned to their mother after the department failed to extend a court order, leaving the grandmother distraught and bewildered by a system in crisis.
“Lisa Neville and her department have returned three young girls into an environment that had been deemed toxic two years before, with little transition planning and minimal follow up.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“For 18 months Victorians have heard nothing but excuses from the incompetent Minister who has neglected her responsibilities to the most vulnerable.”
“Despite desperate pleas to Lisa Neville and the department from the girls’ grandmother, little if anything appears to have been done to ensure the safety of these three girls.”
“Lisa Neville has neglected her responsibilities and abandoned our most vulnerable children when help is needed most.” Ms. Wooldridge said.