An 8-year-old boy has allegedly been sexually assaulted by another child at a primary school on the Gold Coast.
The alleged assault was brought up in a Budget Estimates Hearing in Queensland Parliament on Thursday, with Education Minister Grace Grace grilled over the alleged delay in her department’s response.
“Grace Grace has just confirmed in estimates that she did in fact get the email from Di Farmer’s office on the 22 July. The family have not heard anything until the 30th July,” Liberal National Party education spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said.
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“They wrote to the Premier on the 29th July and then on the 30th of July they all of a sudden got a phone call from the education department.”
But Minister Grace said her department acted straight away and that the school “took all necessary action”.
“As the director general has said, the school reported and took all necessary action in relation to this matter,” Ms Grace said.
“We are dealing with very young children. These are eight-year-olds and in year three.”
It was revealed in Estimates that the alleged perpetrator was suspended over the alleged June 21 assault this week.
The Department of Child Safety and the Department of Education are investigating.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831