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Local Child Fatality Review Team: Role of the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Representative

Child Fatality Review (CFR) is a multidisciplinary process to help us better understand why children in our community die and to help us identify how we can prevent future deaths.

Local Child Fatality Review Teams will meet with varying frequency to review sudden, unexpected, and unexplained deaths, deaths investigated by DCS, and those deaths classified as undetermined, homicide, suicide, or accident, for all children under the age of eighteen. Team members will share case information on child deaths that occur in their region with the goal of preventing future deaths. In order for this team to be successful, all agencies involved in the safety, health, and protection of children must be involved.

The death of a child is a tragic event. Reviewing the circumstances involved in every death is part of our job as professionals and requires our time and commitment. Only then can we truly understand how to better protect our children and prevent future deaths from occurring.

  • The Prevent Child Abuse Indiana representative can provide the team with expertise on:
    • Prevention and education programs and resources designed to help prevent child abuse and neglect
  • The Prevent Child Abuse Indiana representative can support the team with assistance by providing :
    • Education on the promotion and mobilization of prevention activities
  • The Prevent Child Abuse Indiana representative can help build bridges by:
    • Learning about the policies and practices of other agencies through team participation
    • Acting as liaison between the CFR team, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and other prevention partners
    • Explaining to the team how to improve coordination and utilization of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana to implement prevention activities