AN INVESTIGATION is underway after it was revealed a 12-year-old girl gave birth at a hospital in Perth.
According to reports, the child became pregnant at just 11 years of age and gave birth earlier this month.
Authorities have confirmed the case after The Midland Reporter broke the story on Thursday.
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Little is known about the case, however, with authorities remaining tight-lipped on the specifics in order to protect the identity and privacy of the girl and her family.
The case has sparked a coordinated response from a range of State Government and external support agencies who are working together to support the young mother.
In a statement, while refusing to comment specifically on the case, the Department of Communities said there were protocols in place when dealing with the pregnancy of an underage girl.
“If there are concerns that a child may have been sexually abused or is likely to be sexually abused, Communities undertakes a thorough assessment of the situation,” the statement read.
“A co-ordinated response is required from a range of State Government and external support agencies both in the short and long term in order to make a lasting difference to the wellbeing of all affected parties.
“The Department of Communities, the WA Police and Department of Health work together intensively in the best interests of all concerned.
“Where necessary, the matter will be referred to the WA Police for further investigation and referrals to appropriate supports are provided.”
A WA Police spokesperson said the department was “working closely with the families involved”.
The legal age of consent in Western Australia is 16.