Recommendations from child fatality review teams: Results of a US nationwide exploratory study concerning maltreatment fatalities and social service delivery

Emily M. Douglas, Jennifer M. Cunningham

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Abstract

Multidisciplinary child fatality review teams (CFRT) have existed in the United States (US) for almost 30 years; the products of the review process, however, remain unexamined. This study reviewed reports from CFRT throughout the US to compile and evaluate the identification of problems and recommendations by professionals concerning child maltreatment fatalities. Team- and state-level data were also used for analysis to better understand the context in which recommendations are made. Over 300 recommendations for change from CFRT were grouped into 11 macro categories. The frequency of each type of recommendation and examples from each category are provided. The authors provide recommendations of their own for improvements in CFRT outputs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-351
Number of pages21
JournalChild Abuse Review
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Child fatality
  • Child fatality review
  • Child welfare
  • Improvements in practice

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