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Child Death Review System, 08/05/14 [S]

A multi-agency review to examine the circumstances of every child’s death in Scotland is to become standard practice.

The implementation of a national Child Death Review System will help to identify factors that could reduce preventable childhood deaths and ensure any lessons to be learned are passed to the relevant professionals and services.

The move comes as the Scottish Government accepted the recommendations in a report from the Child Death Review Working Group.

Currently, while reviews are carried out in certain circumstances, there is no consistent process for reviewing a child’s death across Scotland, and no consistent multiagency groups which review all child deaths. In addition, data collection and the sharing of any lessons learned is limited.

The new system will address this position and is designed to identify any factors that could reduce preventable deaths, i.e. ill health or accident. In criminal or unexplained circumstances, multi-agency reviews already occur and this will continue under the new recommendations.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Child Death Review Report : Scottish Government Child Death Review Working Group

Scottish Government news release