Shine Lawyers is investigating claims from a Victorian family who allege that their child with a disability was not supervised on a Crown bus when travelling to and from school.
The parents sent their child off to school with a smart phone for emergency use. When he returned in the afternoon they found a video recording on his phone of another child sexually assaulting their son on the bus.
They came forward after seeing a story in the media about a child from the same special needs school being left on a Crown Coach bus in 31C heat for the entire day. This is not the first time this has occurred. Earlier this year another child with a disability was left behind on the bus for five hours. Only found when the driver and disability carer returned to the bus to do the afternoon run.
Crown Coaches has been operating the special school bus service for 45 years and is the largest special school bus operator in the state. More families may come forward with claims of negligence.
Shine Lawyers National Abuse Practice Leader, Lisa Flynn believes the issue is widespread and parents should have peace of mind when they send their children off to school.
“The fact that this is a systemic problem proves it’s something we need to call the Department of Education out on. We need to ensure that the Government is not divesting their responsibility to a bus company that is completely unequipped to look after our nation’s most vulnerable kids.”
“It's clearly not the ideal arrangement to have a bus company responsible for the welfare of disabled children, particularly when they have completely inadequate training to do this job.”
According to the Crown Coaches recruitment website, a disability carer is not required to hold a Certificate in Disability.
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Written by Shine Lawyers on December 20, 2016. Last modified: September 6, 2018.