Liz Oppenheim, a senior research manager at WRMA, presented findings from the study of child death review teams at a recent meeting hosted by the Casey Family Programs. The Examining Child Fatality Review Teams and Cross-System Fatality Reviews to Promote the Safety of Children and Youth At Risk study was conducted for the Children’s Bureau in the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, ACF, DHHS.
The study examined the recommendations of child death review teams and related fatality review entities—citizen review panel fatality reviews, fetal and infant mortality review, and domestic violence fatality review. The purpose of the study was to identify emerging best practices for improving collaboration among fatality review teams and implementing cross-cutting injury and fatality prevention strategies. Ms. Oppenheim presented findings on the key components for writing effective recommendations, enhancing collaboration, and taking recommendations to action. The report will be posted by the Children’s Bureau in the spring of 2013.