Child Death Review Teams
Child death review teams (also known as child fatality review teams) exist in most States to review child abuse and neglect fatalities and suspicious child deaths. Results of these reviews may be used to improve services, advocate for change, and conduct public awareness activities, ultimately for the purpose of preventing future child maltreatment deaths. Resources include State and local examples.
National Center for Child Death Review
Provides a national resource center for State and local child death programs and includes resources for Child Death Review Teams, child mortality data, and information on preventing and reporting child deaths.
National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program
Supports a collaborative effort between the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The resource center provides technical assistance on many aspects of developing and carrying out fetal infant mortality review programs.
Best Practices in Prevention-Oriented Child Death Review
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
Identifies interventions designed to prevent child injury and death in Washington State, including child abuse and neglect fatalities. This website is a tool to help CFRT members make recommendations for prevention as part of their review process.
Child Fatality Review Teams: Current State Practice (PDF - 42 KB)
Children's Rights (2003)
Identifies States with strong practice models as well as elements of strength in other States.
Citizen Review Panel State Information
National Citizens Review Panels Virtual Community
Contains sample work projects and contact information for citizen review panels in each State. Many States use citizen review panels in their child fatality review process.
Public Health Surveillance of Fatal Child Maltreatment: Analysis of Three State Programs (PDF - 111 KB)
Schnitzer, Covington, Wirtz, Verhoek-Oftedahl, & Palusci (2008)
Describes three approaches to the surveillance of fatal child maltreatment and identifies options for improving case ascertainment. Child death review teams are recommended as potentially the most promising process.
Recommendations From Child Fatality Review Teams: Results of a US Nationwide Exploratory Study Concerning Maltreatment Fatalities and Social Service Delivery
Douglas & Cunningham
Child Abuse Review, 17(5) 2008
Compiles and evaluates the identification of problems and recommendations by professionals concerning child maltreatment fatalities. The authors provide recommendations for improvements in child fatality review outputs.
State Child Welfare Legislation: 2007-2008 (PDF - 465 KB)
National Conference of State Legislatures (2009)
Highlights significant child welfare-related legislation enacted during the 2007 and 2008 calendar years, including 11 State statutes designed to enhance the CFRT process.
State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S.: An Evaluation of Public Disclosure Practices About Child Abuse or Neglect Fatalities or Near Fatalities, With State Rankings (PDF - 902 KB)
Children's Advocacy Institute & First Star (2008)
Evaluates public disclosure laws and policies for each State. States are ranked based policy codification, ease of public access, and scope of information available.
State and local examples
Child Death Review in California: A Curriculum and Training Manual
Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect & National Center on Child Fatality Review (2006)
Provides information and training for all members of the CFRT, including orientation for new members, detailed roles and responsibilities, and protocols for investigation.
National Center on Child Fatality Review
Supports a network of multiagency, multidisciplinary, local, regional, and CFRTs in Southern California. The website acts as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information and resources related to child deaths, providing training, technical assistance, and communication opportunities.
Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri: The Missouri Child Fatality Review Program Annual Report for 2009 (PDF - 3815 KB)
Missouri Department of Social Services State Technical Assistance Team (2010)
Reports on the findings of the program, including an overview of the CFRT process, identification of applicable State statutes, and a discussion of confidentiality issues.