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Carer on abuse charge to front SA court

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016

A South Australian government residential care worker will appear in court amid calls for the premier to resign over the latest scandal to hit the state's crisis-plagued child protection system.

The Barossa Valley man in his 30s is in police custody and is expected to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault and two counts of persistent exploitation of a child.

His arrest has sparked another review of SA's child protection regime, this time by an independent law firm.

The man was believed to have been among 25 carers "red-flagged" and suspended for a time after a 2014 inquiry into the children protection system who, along with several others, was later cleared and allowed to return to work.

His case also comes just months after a royal commission into child protection declared the system was in turmoil and called for sweeping changes.

That inquiry was launched following the horrific crimes of Families SA child care worker Shannon McCoole who is serving a 35-year sentence for abusing several children in his care and for also operating a global child pornography network.

Education Minister Susan Close said as soon as the man at the centre of the most recent allegations was arrested on Saturday he was directed away from the workplace.

She said the department was co-operating fully with the police investigation and was also working to contact the families of the alleged victims.

But the latest arrest prompted Opposition Leader Steven Marshall to call on Premier Jay Weatherill to resign.

"Enough is enough. It's time for Jay Weatherill to stand down as the premier of South Australia," Mr Marshall said.

"He is the one who designed the child protection system which has so catastrophically failed the children of South Australia."

Mr Weatherill defended the handling of child protection and said the government was working incredibly hard to revitalise a child protection system under enormous pressure.

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