Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Don't Leave Them Long; Legal Toll for Failing to Supervise Can Be Heavy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Don't Leave Them Long; Legal Toll for Failing to Supervise Can Be Heavy

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OUR COURTS

SHANE ULYATT

Greenhalgh Pickard solicitor

AUSTRALIA experienced a 30 per cent increase in drowning deaths of children under the age of five last year, according to the Royal Life Saving Society's annual drowning report.

Of the 271 deaths due to drowning, 26 were of preschool age.

Most of these young children drowned around the home and most commonly in swimming pools.

The Royal Life Saving Society's report states that in all cases where a child under the age of five drowned, supervision from an adult was either intermittent or lacking altogether.

Under the Queensland Criminal Code, a person who has lawful care of a child under the age of 12 and leaves the child for an unreasonable time without providing reasonable supervision and care commits a misdemeanour and, if found guilty, faces a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.

Parents and carers of children must be aware supervision of a child is not only a parental responsibility but also a legal responsibility and that failing to do so can have devastating consequences. …

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