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Camp Australia in strife again

Serial offending creche service accused of losing a child with Down Syndrome.

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Serial-offending Camp Australia – which runs 400 care centres for 50,000 children nationwide – has been accused of allowing a child with Down Syndrome to leave its Cloverdale centre unnoticed.

A post on the Department of Local Government and Community Services website reports that the seven-year-old child, who cannot talk, was allegedly allowed to leave Camp Australia’s outside school hours care centre at Cloverdale Primary School on October 27.

The child was allegedly allowed to leave the centre unsupervised.

The department has lodged an application for disciplinary action in the State Administrative Tribunal. The first directions hearing for the case is scheduled for February 2.

This time last year, oneperth.com.au revealed that Camp Australia was fined $8000 after failing to report in a timely fashion the disappearance of a boy who, unsupervised, walked 1.4 kilometres home across busy Perth roads.

In 2012, oneperth.com.au revealed the company had been fined $52,500 for inadequately supervising minors at seven schools in Perth’s western, southern and northern suburbs.

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