Forced out: review finds no error in DET hire of UK scandal official

Education deputy secretary Dr Sonia Sharp is “seeking opportunities outside of government”, a Victorian government minister has confirmed, despite a review clearing her appointment over a UK child sexual exploitation scandal.

A public service review has found no error in the hiring of Dr Sonia Sharp (pictured), who was headhunted for the Victorian Department of Education and Training two years before a highly critical report of her earlier role for a council in the United Kingdom plagued with child sexual abuse.

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings issued a short statement today:

“The Government makes no apology for raising these issues nor for seeking a thorough investigation after these very serious issues came to light.

“I am advised that Dr Sharp is now seeking opportunities outside of government and I wish her well.”

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