12-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth At Perth Hospital
Authorities in Perth have confirmed a 12-year-old girl has given birth at a Perth hospital.
The Midland Reporter reported on Thursday that the girl had become pregnant when she was 11-years-old and gave birth to a child earlier this month.
The Department of Communities in Western Australia has not commented on the case specifically but said they needed a "coordinated response" from a "range of State Government and external support agencies both in the short and long term in order to make a lasting difference to the wellbeing of all affected parties".
"In such a situation, the Department of Communities will not comment on an individual case in order to protect the privacy of children and families," a statement from the Department obtained by 10 daily said.
The 12-year-old girl gave birth earlier this month. Image: Getty Images.
"If there are concerns that a child may have been sexually abused or is likely to be sexually abused, Communities undertakes a thorough assessment of the situation. Where necessary, the matter will be referred to the WA Police for further investigation and referrals to appropriate supports are provided.
"The Department of Communities, the WA Police and Department of Health work together intensively in the best interests of all concerned.
The ABC reports WA Police are currently working with the family of the young mother.
According to the Western Australia’s Mothers and Babies Report 2014 ages of mothers new mothers in the state ranged from 13 to 51, with an average age of 30 years.
The proportion of teenage women who gave birth has also declined gradually since 1980. In 1980, 8.2 percent of births were teenage mothers, while just 3.1 percent of new mothers were teens in 2014.
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