Child fatalities are the most tragic consequence of maltreatment. Child fatality review teams investigate and review child abuse and neglect fatalities in most States. Reviews are used to improve services, inform advocacy, and raise public awareness with the ultimate purpose of eliminating child abuse and neglect fatalities.
2014 Child Fatality & Near Fatality Review Board Annual Report (PDF - 1,220 KB)
State of New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board (2015)
Examines cases to determine the extent to which the agencies are effectively using their child protection resources to improve systems and policies in place and prevent future fatalities.
2016 Child Fatality Annual Report: Understanding and Preventing Child Deaths in Tennessee (PDF - 1,989 KB)
Tennessee Department of Health (2016)
Reviews data that represents fatalities of those under the age of 18 during 2014. Fatality review teams reviewed eligible cases to develop this report and used key findings to make recommendations based on primary risks.
Arizona Child Fatality Review Program: Twenty-Second Annual Report (PDF - 1,188 KB)
Arizona Child Fatality Review Program (2015)
Analyzes child fatalities to help reduce risk factors and provides recommendations based on findings and interviews in hopes of preventing a future child fatality. The report is structured around interviews from people in the community, first responders, and elected officials.
Child Fatality Prevention
Florida Department of Children and Families
Computes data from 2012 through 2017 by county, child's age, causal factors, and prior involvement with the intention of working to meet the needs within the community and to protect at-risk youth and prevent future deaths. The data is also used to improve child welfare practice and assist at-risk families.
NC Child Fatality Prevention Team Executive Summary of 2014 Child Deaths in NC (PDF - 96 KB)
Reviews data of accidental and nonaccidental deaths of those under the age of 18. Information is collected and analyzed with the intention to create or change the laws and/or policies that are in place to encourage the safety and well-being of children in North Carolina.
New York State Child Fatality Report 2010-2014 (PDF - 4,209 KB)
Reviews cumulative data from 2010–2014 to examine disparities among cases, which result in child deaths due to abuse and/or neglect. The article focuses on the increased number of fatalities and worked in conjunction with State and community partners to provide recommendations.
Public Health Child Fatality Review Program 2016 Annual Report (PDF - 1,490 KB)
Kentucky Department of Public Health (2016)
Compiles child fatality data across the State from 2014, and categorized it to understand if there were trends and/or emerging issues related to child death cases.
Review of Minnesota Child Deaths and Near Fatalities Related to Child Maltreatment 2012–2013 (PDF - 434 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Division (2015)
Presents findings from a review of child mortality in Minnesota based on data obtained from the Minnesota Department of Health death certificate data and from cases reviewed by Minnesota's Child Mortality Review Panel. Strategies implemented by Minnesota to address each category of child mortality are also discussed.
Infant, Child, and Teen Mortality (PDF - 950 KB)
Child Trends Data Bank (2016)
Utilizes data from across the nation to show trends of the direct cause of a child's death to design and test promising approaches to research in the field.
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017 (PDF - 2,028 KB)
UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (2017)
Assesses data from 2015 to identify challenges to prevent fatalities among youth. Indicators from the child fatality data are used to develop national and global planning strategies, policies, and interventions.
Statistics and Facts About Child Abuse in the U.S.
American Society for the Positive Care of Children
Analyzes the most recent statistics regarding child abuse and neglect in the United States. The resource discusses child abuse victimization statistics within the context of the criminal justice system and the consequences of abuse.
Ten Leading Causes of Death and Injury
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Analyzes leading causes of death in the context of age groups using data from Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) Fatal Injury and Nonfatal Injury report.
Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (2016)
Discusses the elimination of child abuse fatalities within a public health framework with emphasis on community agencies engaging in the identification, testing, and evaluation of strategies to prevent harm to children. Strategies outlined in the report focus on supporting families and equipping communities in preventative tactics.