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Wests Tigers player Josh Aloiai spent time with a group of young children on Thursday as a part of Child Protection Week.

Aloiai took part in a Family Fun Day at Blacktown Showground, with the 2016 Wests Tigers Rookie of the Year reading books to a group of young children.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released it latest report, Child Protection in Australia 2014-2015. The report included the following information:

- In 2014–15, there were 320,169 notifications of abuse and neglect across Australia. That equates to one report of abuse every two minutes.

- On any night in Australia, around 43,400 children are sleeping away from home because home is not safe for them.

- Across Australia in 2014–15, infants (children aged under 1) were most likely to be receiving child protection services.

- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continued to be over-represented across the system:

    - The rate of Indigenous children who were the subject of a child protection substantiation was almost 7 times that of non-Indigenous children

    - The rate of Indigenous children on care and protection orders was 9 times that for non-Indigenous children

    - The rate of Indigenous children in out-of-home care was 9.5 times the rate for non-Indigenous children.

For more information about child trauma and recovery click here.


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Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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