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Hearings underway into Tas sex abuse horror

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Teachers accused of child sexual abuse in Tasmania have continued to work despite the allegations, in one case for up to nine months, an inquiry has been told.

The commission of inquiry into the state government's responses to child sexual abuse in institutional settings will on Tuesday hear from witnesses for a second day.

Counsel assisting the commission Elizabeth Bennett SC on Monday said the inquiry knew of several instances in which teachers continued to teach despite being the subject of abuse allegations.

"A relief teacher (received) postings for nine months after concerns were raised," she said.

"(The concerns) were echoed in subsequent postings."

The inquiry will hold six weeks of public hearings over coming months and is expected to deliver a final report by May 2023.

Kim, who gave evidence under a pseudonym, told the inquiry her daughter was sexually assaulted by a teacher at high school.

The man, aged his in 30 at the time, picked her up from work, drove her outside Launceston and kissed her.

Kim's daughter, who died in the early 2000s, was admitted to the Launceston General Hospital for an eating disorder and was treated by alleged pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin.

Griffin took his own life in 2019 after being charged with child sexual abuse offences.

Kim said her daughter had attended barbecues and sleepovers at Griffin's house.

She felt "ill" when she read newspaper reports about allegations levelled at Griffin, years after her daughter's death.

"Maybe ... terrible things had happened ... and she'd never spoken about them. Maybe this contributed to all of the issues that she had throughout her life," Kim said.

"It's just something that's always going to be with me."

The inquiry will on Tuesday hear from a lived-experience witness, as well as members of the police, support service providers and child mental health experts.

The state Liberal government has reiterated a pledge to adopt all of the commission's recommendations.

"The coming days, weeks and months will be difficult for many in our community," Premier Jeremy Rockliff said in a statement.

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