Preventing Child Deaths

Learning from Review

By Sharon Vincent

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 US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and it 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, the book assesses the effectiveness of different review mechanisms and identifies good practice in relation to prevention. It will inform professionals, policy makers, and academics working in the area of prevention of child deaths, injury, and maltreatment. It will be a useful resource for anyone who is training to work with, or who is already working with, children, young people, and their families. (Series: Protecting Children and Young People)


160 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780460116