Child Death Review Processes: A Six-Country Comparison

Vincent, Sharon (2014) Child Death Review Processes: A Six-Country Comparison. Child Abuse Review, 23 (2). pp. 116-129. ISSN 0952-9136

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This paper compares and contrasts child death review (CDR) structures and processes in six countries – Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, England and Wales. It presents findings from a comparative study based on analysis of data from 18 case studies. Data were collected through a combination of documentary analysis, interviews and observations. The study found that CDR processes vary according to: where the function is located and whether review is undertaken at state, local or national level; whether review is rooted in legislation; the focus of review; whether dedicated funding is provided; whether families are involved in the process; and whether structures are supported by useful data systems. It was not possible to evaluate the effectiveness of different review systems but the findings suggest that structure makes little difference in terms of determining the extent to which CDR findings inform prevention effort and activity. While factors such as lack of funding, lack of national data, or lack of legislation may hinder the work of CDR teams, CDR findings have informed prevention initiatives despite such barriers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child death review, child deaths, child fatality
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 11:11
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 17:37

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