girls_ordered_abuserA fathers' rights group has defended a Family Court's order that two young girls stay with their father, a registered sex offender.

The father, who cannot be identified, pleaded guilty in late 2006 to accessing child exploitation material and possessing and reproducing child abuse products.

In January, the Family Court in Hobart ruled that the girls, aged 10 and eight, will stay with their father on alternate weekends as long as they share a room that can be shut at their request.

The court also ruled that another adult must be present during overnight visits until the younger girl turns 14.

John Abbott from the fathers' rights group Blackshirts says the court has taken all precautions to protect the children.

"What we have here is a situation where there's no real allegation that the court has found against the father molesting his own children," he said.

"And we have to keep in mind that alienating children from parents is a very serious matter."


But the case has drawn criticism from child protection advocate Hetty Johnston who runs the Bravehearts organisation.

She says it is an irrational decision to allow the father access.

"He's on the register because a judge, another judge, in a criminal court understood that that's where he should be," she said.

"He presented such a danger, potentially, that he needed to be on this register. That needs to be acknowledged and respected by the Family Court.

"It makes a mockery of the UN convention on the best interests of the child.

"Decisions in the Family Court are supposed to be about the best interests of the child. Children's voices are supposed to be heard, understood and acted upon."

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