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SA carer accused of child abuse gets bail

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Rick Goodman

A South Australian residential care worker accused of abusing young children has been granted bail as the SA premier stands by those in charge of the state's scandal-plagued child protection system.

The 33-year-old Families SA carer was heckled as he walked out of Elizabeth Magistrates Court with his face covered by a shirt after winning bail on Monday.

He was released from custody on several conditions, including that he did not communicate with the alleged victims and did not engage in or seek any work with children.

The Williamstown man, who can't be named for legal reasons, was arrested over the weekend and charged with the persistent sexual exploitation of two children in Elizabeth South between January 2013 and August 2016.

He is believed to be one of 25 carers who were "red flagged" and suspended for a time after a 2014 inquiry into Families SA, but he was later cleared and allowed to return to work.

His arrest on Saturday sparked the announcement of a fresh review into SA's child protection regime, this time by an independent law firm.

It also prompted Opposition Leader Steven Marshall to call on Premier Jay Weatherill to stand down.

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

Mr Weatherill said his first thoughts were with the alleged victims and making sure they have what they need.

He said he had complete confidence in his minister Susan Close and the newly appointed head of child protection, Cathy Taylor.

"Child protection is one of those issues that plagues every jurisdiction in every nation in the world," the premier said on Monday.

"Where there are vulnerable children, there will be predators.

"We have to be vigilant and we have to make sure we do everything we possibly can to protect our most precious resource, our little children."

The case comes only months after a royal commission into child protection declared the system was in turmoil, with sweeping changes recommended.

That inquiry was launched in the wake of the horrific crimes of Families SA child care worker Shannon McCoole.

McCoole is serving a 35-year prison sentence for abusing multiple children under his care and for operating a global child pornography network.

The man at the centre of the latest allegations will return to court on January 31.

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