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SA abuse inquiry delivers final report

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016 By Marnie Banger

South Australia's government has received the final report from a royal commission into the state's child protection system.

After a two-year inquiry into the state's treatment of young people in its care, former Supreme Court Justice Margaret Nyland has presented her findings to Governor Hieu Van Le.

Ms Nyland was tasked with investigating how Families SA failed to prevent shocking abuse by carer Shannon McCoole, who is now serving a 35-year jail term for child sex offences.

Premier Jay Weatherill and other cabinet ministers will consider her recommendations over the weekend before the report is released to the public on Monday.

"Many children in state care have been abused and neglected not only by their families but by the system that was supposed to protect them. It is time for that to change," Ms Nyland said in a statement on Friday.

"It is time for all of us to work together to give all our children the life they deserve."

Ms Nyland said some of her recommendations to the government should be actioned quickly to protect kids at risk of harm, while others would require longer-term planning.

She also thanked the many people who shared their concerns and suggestions throughout the inquiry, including the children who told their stories.

Junction Australia chief executive Graham Brown said whatever the findings of the commission, the whole child protection sector must embrace change.

"It is not realistic to expect the state government to fix everything. We will all have to work together as a sector to fix the problems and get the system right," the leader of the Adelaide-based child services provider said.

"We owe that much to the most vulnerable members of our community who rely on us, our children."

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