Tiahleigh's foster brother still legally able to work with children

Just a week after charges were laid against the foster family of murdered Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer, it’s been revealed one member of the accused Thorburn family still holds a blue card to work with children.

Seven News can reveal Tiahleigh’s foster brother Josh Thorburn’s blue card has not been cancelled. The blue card system is a way of regulating and monitoring who works with children and young people in Queensland.

The 20-year-old is out on bail after being charged with perverting the course of justice and perjury in relation to the 12-year-old’s murder.

Members of the Thorburn family. Image: Facebook
Members of the Thorburn family. Image: Facebook

Thorburn’s 19-year-old brother is currently behind bars, charged with incest while his father Rick Thorburn is also in custody, charged with Tiahleigh’s murder.

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Despite Queensland’s State Government announcing an immediate review into foster care and the blue card system following Tiahleigh’s shock death, 7 News understands Josh Thorburn has been issued a show cause in relation to his blue card.

The Police Minister has confirmed Rick Thorburn’s foster care and day care approvals have been revoked.

The Minister declined to comment on the current state of Josh Thorburn’s blue card.

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