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SA child protection overhaul outlined

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016

A new council and a children's commissioner are among the South Australian government's proposed reforms to overhaul the state's child protection system.

The state government has released a draft bill consolidating most of the laws it hopes will address the damning findings of a royal commission into SA child protection, led by former Supreme Court Justice Margaret Nyland.

The proposed laws include a new children's commissioner role, as the government announced earlier this month, and a Child Development Council to offer the government advice.

The bill will be introduced when parliament next sits in September, alongside a bill allowing tighter checks on people working with children and another to make data sharing between child services agencies easier.

"Establishing the office of children's commissioner, working in harmony with other agencies, is a recommendation which can be delivered swiftly if the parliament supports this important initiative," Child Protection Minister John Rau said on Wednesday.

"As we make a fresh start in child protection, we want a system which includes a high-profile, independent advocate for all children and young people."

The children's commissioner will have the investigation power of a royal commission and be able to hold state authorities to account if needed, to promote the rights of children.

The government had been urged to create the role as far back as 2003, in a previous review into child protection.

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