Two West Australian boys who allegedly sexually abused a nine-year-old boy are no longer attending school while the education minister looks into options for continuing their learning.
The mother of the boy has expressed outrage his alleged abusers, aged 12 and 17, have been allowed to continue going to school, although it is not the same school her son attends.
New Education Minister Sue Ellery agreed it was unacceptable.
"There are ways to provide those children with an education outside the school environment," she told 6PR radio on Tuesday.
Ms Ellery said the two boys did not attend a public school so she would discuss the case with non-government school providers and would also look at protocols for addressing such situations in future.
Catholic Education WA said it did not comment publicly on matters regarding individual students, in the interests of child safety and child protection.
"Catholic schools are compliant with all mandated government requirements, backed by stringent child protection policies and staff training," it said in a statement.
Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit said school staff and child protection workers were doing their best under difficult circumstances and within existing legislation.
"I agree with parents that it is inappropriate for children with these issues to remain in a normal school environment, but that is just one of a number of issues that need to be addressed," Mr Pettit said.
"It is time for a new and comprehensive approach to this concerning issue."
The boy's mother told the broadcaster her son used to be happy and outgoing, but was now withdrawn, had post-traumatic stress disorder, could not eat and suffered from the same nightmare every night.
"He says that he can't function in this world anymore and the only way that he'll ever be able to forget this is when he is dead," she said.
She said she had to find a psychologist for her son and felt let down by the system after the Department for Child Protection called her once to make sure he was in a safe environment, then "closed the case".
She says she has had to quit her job to take care of her son and plans to move because the alleged abusers live nearby.
"I feel like they should have to pack up their lives and move, but instead we're being forced to do that."
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