Northern suburbs daycare worker at centre of police probe over scratches on child

A northern suburbs daycare worker is being investigated by police after parents complained of scratches on their child.

Suspicions were first raised after up to six families reported their children had come home from the Goodstart Early Learning centre with scratch injuries, with another child at the centre initially thought to be responsible.

However, last week a worker at the northern suburbs centre – which cannot be identified for legal reasons – was sacked, and child abuse squad detectives are investigating on the back of a complaint from the parents of a three-year-old child.

Goodstart, a not-for-profit which operates hundreds of centres around Australia, said the accused carer had completed a working with children check and received regular, mandatory training on child safety.

“We are co-operating with a police investigation into the alleged actions of an educator,” a statement from the company read.

“Families have been briefed on the investigation which began with a complaint from the centre to police.

“The educator is no longer employed and we are providing support to families and staff at the centre.”

None of the children involved were believed to have required medical attention, the accused carer has not been arrested and no charges have been laid.

Anyone with information on the incident or who has a similar complaint is urged to contact police.


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