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South Australia’s Royal Commission into Child Protection Systems has begun its formal work, calling for submissions from the public and organisations.

The inquiry, formed by the State Government this year after a series of disastrous failures in SA’s child protection system, is receiving submissions online or via the post.

Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland called on anyone with information which may assist the inquiry to make a submission as soon as possible.

“The submissions we receive will assist us in determining what evidence will be required in future hearings,” Nyland said.

“We cannot accept submissions which are made anonymously, but written submissions can be made on a confidential basis and those submissions will not be disclosed unless required by law or court order.

“You may wish to approach a friend, family member of lawyer to assist you in making a submission.”

Royal Commission staff would also be available to help people make a submission.

She said submissions should address one or more of the topics outlined in the commission’s terms of reference, which include:

Premier Jay Weatherill ordered the commission after allegations emerged of child abuse in a residential care facility, which he described as “unspeakable acts of evil committed against little children”.

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