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Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland and her team looked at the laws, policies, practices and structures currently in place for children at risk of harm, abuse or neglect including those who are under the guardianship of the minister.

Individuals and organisations were invited to make a submission and some were asked to give additional information, participate in a hearing, or provide sworn evidence.

During hearings the Commission heard from 381 witnesses including public servants, experts, non-government organisations and foster carers. This included a series of hearings in Mount Gambier and Port Augusta as well as five case studies.

The Commission received 374 submissions, examined 10,800 documents and conducted 74 stakeholder engagements.

Royal Commissioner Nyland made recommendations about improvements to the child protection system in her report which was delivered to the Governor on 5 August 2016.

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