Posted October 08, 2018 12:00:50A tattoo shop in Victoria has been left with little hope of its future after it was told it would be a ‘long, hard slog’ to reopen and was advised it was unlikely to close any time soon.
Key points:Tattoo shop has been shut since February, but is being investigated for potential breaches of the Children and Family Services ActTattoos have been removed from the state’s children’s welfare systemTata Tattoo is one of the businesses at the centre of the investigationThe decision to close was made after the Victorian Government found the business had breached a number of Child and Family Service (CFS) and Children and Families Act breaches.
“Tata has been notified by the VIC Child Protection Unit that it is being referred for further investigation,” the department said in a statement on Friday.
“It is unlikely that the closure will be effected by the end of this month and further investigation is likely to be undertaken by the Victorian Police Service and Child Protection unit.”
The department said the closure would be assessed “in light of the potential breach of the Child and Families and Children Act”.
“It will be determined if further action is required to ensure the welfare of children and their families,” it said.
“In the meantime, the owner of the business will have to comply with their obligations under the Child Protection Act and their statutory duty of care.”
The Victorian Government has told the owner to take all steps to ensure children and families are safe, including closing the shop and putting children in the care of another provider.
The Victorian Department of Children and Young People said the shop had been closed for at least two years and had been assessed by the department as a “significant risk”.
“The business was shut on December 30, 2018, and no assessment of the risk is ongoing,” a spokesperson for the department wrote.
“We are working with the owner and other stakeholders to determine what further steps will be taken.”
The owner of Tata Tattoo has not responded to questions about the closure, but the company has been in dispute with the Victorian Department for Children and Youth since late 2016.
It is the second time the department has sought to close Tata Tatto after it refused to remove its trademarked ‘W’ logo from its shop window.
Tata is currently being investigated by the Victoria Government over potential breaches in the Children’s Welfare Act, which allows the state to take action if a person fails to protect children.
Tatto has denied any wrongdoing and said it had not breached the act.
“This is a business that’s been around for a long time and we don’t take any shortcuts in terms of our safety and in terms the welfare and the safety of children,” Tata’s CEO, James Dyer, told the ABC last year.
“Our commitment is to work with the department and ensure we’re compliant with all of our obligations, and the department’s going to work to ensure that’s the case.”
Tata’s actions have come as the state looks to take further action against the business.
It’s understood the department was considering issuing a warning letter to the owner.
The department is now considering the advice of the Victorian Children’s Commissioner, and is expected to make a final decision in the coming weeks.