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Preventing Child Deaths: Learning from Review

Sharon Vincent

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15 Nov 2012
Dunedin Academic Press
160 pages - 216 x 138 x 11mm
Protecting Children and Young People
Up to half of all deaths of children and young people are from non-natural causes. Evidence suggests that a significant proportion of these deaths, which are the result of accidents, suicide, sudden unexpected deaths in infants or homicide, may be preventable. This book investigates the main causes of unexpected deaths of children and young people in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada and considers how we might attempt to prevent future deaths. Mechanisms for reviewing child deaths vary within and across countries. Some countries focus on reviewing only those deaths which result from abuse and neglect, or deaths of children known to child welfare agencies; others take a wider public health approach, involving a review of all child deaths. Drawing on the findings from a study of child death review processes across three continents Sharon Vincent assesses the effectiveness of different review mechanisms and identifies good practice in relation to prevention. The book will inform professionals, policy makers and academics working in the area of prevention of child deaths, injury, and maltreatment. It will prove a useful resource for anyone who is training to work with, or who is already working with, children and young people and their families.
Introduction; 1. Child death review in New Zealand and Australia; 2. Child death review in North America; 3. Child death review in England and Wales; 4. Cross-country comparison of child death review processes; 5. Key themes and prevention initiatives; 6. Demonstrating impact and effectiveness and maximising learning; References; Index
Dr Sharon Vincent is Research Fellow, Child Protection at the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection (CLiCP).

'Although not minimising the complexities involved, not least that it can be extremely difficult to evidence an improvement in outcomes for children, the author shows how well-conducted reviews, with meaningful recommendations, can lead to effective prevention initiatives and the reduction of some child deaths. In conclusion, this book provides an excellent overview of international child death review processes and prevention. It would be a useful resource for anyone working with children and young people, whether at a policy or practice level.' Child Abuse Review

'This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on why and how we should review child deaths. Whilst the book does not really get into a critical discussion about some of the ethical, moral and professional challenges of such review processes, it does inform our understanding of differing processes of review. In doing so, it confirms the importance of ensuring that the review is not in itself the end of the learning, but the beginning of a reflective process if we are to truly seek to develop and evolve our systems for supporting families and safeguarding children.' British Journal of Social Work

'The book is an important contribution to the literature on child health, child protection and child deaths; it is unique in its international analysis of child death review committees and their role in overcoming child deaths. Its topic area is growing in significance and the book is one of the few policy guides available. It is relevant to all university based disciplines in the child health and welfare area and to all the policy staff and professional practitioners in these areas. It will challenge readers by raising many complex issues for consideration and it will also lead them to a great deal of reflection and debate.' Children Australia

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