Six too many
Since 2000, NSW’s youngest mother was just 11 and fewer than six 12-year-olds have given birth, according to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
In the papers today we read about one such 12-year-old girl who, allowed to live with her 15-year-old boyfriend despite her father’s pleas to the Department of Community Services, is now about to become one of the state’s youngest mothers.
“The department admitted it failed to act earlier because staff were working on more urgent cases.”
Given the age of the child and the circumstances of her living arrangements, shouldn’t this have been treated as an urgent case too?
Read the article here