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Child Fatality Review Quick Reference

The only quick reference of its kind, the Child Fatality Review Quick Reference is the ideal field guide for improving child fatality reviews and aiding child fatality review teams (CFRTs). The multi-disciplinary nature of this book is ideal for educating everyone involved in the child fatality review process.

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Child Fatality Review Quick Reference

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Child Fatality Review Quick Reference is a compact and accessible handbook of best practices in the investigation of child death. It is a valuable resource both for active members of child fatality review teams (CFRTs) and for any professionals who collaborate with CFRTs in the process of child death review. This detailed pocket reference is exhaustive in scope yet conveniently sized to suit the needs of frontline practitioners working in crime scenes, in the courtroom, or in the medical setting.

The Child Fatality Review Quick Reference describes in full the respective roles and responsibilities of CFRT members, from coroners and medical examiners, to law enforcement and district prosecutors, as well as a variety lay investigators, community representatives, and child welfare personnel. CFRT professionals across disciplines will all benefit from this in-depth guide to investigative protocols for all manner of abusive and negligent, accidental, and natural death in children.

Product Details:

Quick reference format, wire-o bound
400 pages, 150 images, 77 contributors

Audience:

Child Fatality Review Teams, Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Physicians, ER Personnel, Pediatricians, EMTs, Nurses, Medical Examiners, Coroners, Clinical Researchers, Social Service Personnel, Mental Health Professionals, Domestic Violence Experts, Child Abuse Prevention Professionals, Child Advocates, Child Protective Services Members

Publication date:

January 2011

ISBN-13:

978-1-878060-59-4 (Print)
978-1-936590-07-0 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Fatality Review Teams
2. Fatality Review Procedures
3. Epidemiology of Child Fatality
4. Pediatric Ophthalmology
5. Law Enforcement, Courts, and CPS
6. Social and Environmental Issues
7. Homicides
8. Perinatal Deaths
9. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
10. Physical Abuse
11. Neglect
12. Nonabusive Injuries
13. Suicides
14. Burns
15. Drownings
16. Medical Conditions

Randell Alexander, MD, PhD

Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida and the Morehouse School of Medicine and has served on several state child death review committees. He is an active researcher, lectures widely, and testifies frequently in major child abuse cases throughout the country.

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Mary E. Case, MD

Mary Case is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in pathology at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center and is board certified in anatomical pathology, neuropathology, and forensic pathology. In addition to being a professor of pathology and codirector of the Division of Forensic Pathology at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Case serves as chief medical examiner for the cities of St. Louis and St. Charles, and Jefferson and Franklin Counties. Her primary practice is forensic pathology, and her areas of special interest are childrens’ injuries and head trauma.

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4 Stars **** from Doody’s
The first half of this book is a good how-to guide to setting up an interdisciplinary child death review panel, outlining the responsibilities of each member with helpful suggestions regarding the administrative aspects of running a panel of this type. The second half outlines the most common types of child death and how the panel should document and respond to each.

It is intended to assist in creating interdisciplinary child death review teams so that there is an improvement in child death investigation, with the ultimate goal of preventing such deaths. The book will be a great guide for those who need to set up this type of review team in their jurisdiction and it has good suggestions for improving the efficacy of teams already in existence.

The book has a large target audience, as the members of a child death review team come from many different disciplines. It would be appropriate for law enforcement officials, social service providers, and city/county administrators, as well as physicians who participate in child death reviews. The authors are leading experts in this field.

This is an excellent manual for jurisdictions that need to create a review process or are new to the review process. The information in the book would make an excellent presentation to any city/county administration about the value of child death review panels. It is uniquely designed in a checklist format that is easy to use and it presents facts without unnecessary editorializing.

This is a great primer for anyone involved in the process of creating or contributing to the child death review process. I don’t believe any other book has covered the subject so thoroughly and succinctly.

Jennifer Forsyth, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center

This guide is not meant to provide you with answers to the broader questions related to the risky behaviors, inadequate social systems, or dangerous environments that harm children. It is only by understanding the complex and often hidden causes of child deaths that we can work to prevent other deaths. The child fatality review process is one way to do this. It is a process that helps professionals from many disciplines, including forensics, criminal justice, social services, public health, education, and child advocacy share case information on the complex array of circumstances in individual deaths in order to improve their investigations, services, and systems; and to identify strategies to prevent other deaths. The Child Fatality Review Quick Reference will provide you with information on conducting an effective review.

Theresa Covington, MPH
Executive Director
National Center for Child Death Review
Washington, DC
Senior Program Director
Michigan Public Health Institute
Okemos, Michigan

This book includes technical information that reflects a change in attitude towards child death investigation. Cases that might have gone unexamined in previous years have been pursued with additional investigation by individuals questioning what others accepted. You will face similar choices where the cause, manner, and circumstances of death are not clear. You will probably find cases where the material in this book has not been applied, where the investigation at least appears inaccurate or incomplete.

Michael Durfee, MD
Chief Consultant
Los Angeles County, Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN)
National Center for Child Fatality Review
Los Angeles, California

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