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Dr Carr-Gregg: We need mandatory parenting education

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says yesterday’s case of 10 Melbourne children being arrested after a Southbank mugging.

The children, aged from 11 to 16, were detained after a 21-year-old man was bashed and had his phone and wallet stolen.

Neil asked Dr Carr-Gregg if parents who let young children – the 11-year-old is from Werribee – are beyond help.

“This is where we need to have some sort of mandatory parenting education (stemming from the Children’s Court),” Dr Carr-Gregg said.

Neil: You can teach common sense, can you?

Dr Carr-Gregg: You need to get taught.

The 11-year-old Werribee boy, 13-year-old Hoppers Crossing boy, 15-year-old Huntingdale girl, 13-year-old South Yarra girl and 15-year-old Ferntree Gully girl were charged and bailed to face a children’s court at a later date.

The 16-year-old Werribee girl will be presented at a children’s court for a remand application.

The four remaining youths have been released pending further enquiries.