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Maryborough’s Cindy McNulty cherishes the photo of her daughter, Felicia Goodson, who took her own life in 2009.
Maryborough’s Cindy McNulty cherishes the photo of her daughter, Felicia Goodson, who took her own life in 2009. Karleila Thomsen

THE mum of a Maryborough girl who killed herself under the watch of the Child Safety department has called for a community meeting for other parents to raise their concerns.

Cindy McNulty, whose daughter Felicia Goodsoon committed suicide in 2009 after the department ignored her claims that she was being sexually abused, plans to ask officials from the department to come to Maryborough.

She said since the story of Felicia's death had appeared in the media, she had been approached by a large number of parents who were frustrated with Child Safety services.

"There's a lot of people out there who have something to say, so I want Department of Child Safety to hear it," she said.

"People are too scared to go to the department for help because they think they will just lose their children."

Member for Maryborough Chris Foley said he would attend the meeting, and had raised concerns with the Minister for Child Safety, Phil Reeves.

"The frustration that we have as MPs is that the Child Safety department is the Holy Grail in terms of confidentiality," Mr Foley said,

"There is a need for confidentiality, but I can fully understand the heart-wrenching frustration of being a parent and being unable to access the information you want about your own child."

Mr Foley said the rules should be re-examined to give parents more rights to access files relating to their children.

"There needs to be a change to the system to allow for better flow of information to parents."

To be involved with the meeting email Ms McNulty at cindyngazza@hotmail.com.

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