Child Fatality Review Team
Child Fatality Review:
A child's death is a tragic event. Child fatality review helps to 1. Identify risk and preventable causes of illness or injury 2. Prioritize prevention and 3. Promote recommendations and actions to prevent future child deaths.
The Nassau County Child Fatality Review Team:
The Nassau County Child Fatality Review Team (NCCFRT) is a multidisciplinary team that has functioned since December 2008 as a NYS approved child fatality review team as provided in
New York State Social Services Law (SSL) §422-b working under the supervision of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The team was created to review fatalities of Nassau County residents age 0-17 years whose death is unexpected or unexplained.
The mission of the NCCFRT is to review child deaths to better understand the causes of these deaths and to make recommendations based on the team’s findings in order to reduce future child fatalities.
Membership in the CFRT is defined by SSL §422-b. This statute requires the participation of certain local governmental agencies and private individuals. SSL § 442-b also allows for the appointment of associate members from various fields of practice. Mandatory team members include Nassau County Child Protective Services, Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Nassau County Department of Health, Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Office of the Nassau County Attorney, Nassau County Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, New York State Law Enforcement and a pediatrician with expertise in child abuse. The team has added additional members with expertise relevant to child fatality prevention and/or review.
Information regarding a case is gathered and presented at meetings in a systematic fashion. Contributing factors to the death are identified. The team then has the ability to analyze patterns of child deaths and make recommendations for preventing future child fatalities. The NCCFRT meetings are confidential and closed to the public. A confidentiality statement is signed by each member at the start of each team meeting. The team follows a protocol and procedure manual, in accordance with New York State Social Service Law §§ 20(5) and 422-b, along with OCFS guidelines. The Team has the authority to prepare Informational releases to address various safety issues.
This website contains information regarding the findings and activities of the NCCFRT. It is not designed to be a comprehensive injury prevention resource but rather a working guide to the process.
AAP Policy Statements:
- Updated AAP Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines -- October 2016 **NEW**
- Child Fatality Review-September 2010
- Choking-March 2010
- Drowning Prevention-July 2010
- Safe sleep- November 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Child Injury Information
Resources by Topic:
Bath Tub Safety - English and Spanish
LI Drowning Prevention Task Force
Informational Release Childhood Drowning- May 2013
:Video from Consumer Product Safety Commission: “But I was only gone for moment…”
English and Spanish Version can be found at : http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/Multimedia/?vid=75030
- American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides information on car safety, Internet safety, seasonal safety, travel safety and other safety topics.
- Consumer Products Safety Commission
Provides consumer safety information and ensures the safety of consumer products, such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals.
Toll-free Consumer Hotline: 800-638-2772 (TTY 800-638-8270)
- First Candle
Provides information on infant health and safety.
Phone 410-653-8226 or 800-221-7437
- International Center on Child Death Review
Clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information and resources related to child deaths. Provides training and technical assistance to child death review teams.
- National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths
Resource center for state and local Child Death Review programs. Promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology activities at state, community and national levels.
- New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Provides information on various issues including domestic violence, adoption, foster care, child abuse, childcare and community services.
- New York State Safe Kids Coalition
Provides education for adults and children about specific injury prevention.
- Prevent Child Injury
- Safe Kids USA
Promotes fire safety, car safety and home safety to both adults and children.
- Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center
Provides support for families and safety education for families, professional and communities.
Information for Action Bulletin from the New York State Department of Health: Promoting Safe Sleep Practices in New York State ** NEW **
Safe Sleep for Babies- English/Spanish
Independent Report-Safe Sleep - September 2010
FDA Infant Positioner warning-September 2010
NEW !!! The “Safe Sleep Sweep” App for IPhone and Android
“Safe Sleep Sweep”© mobile application (‘app’); is a free bilingual low-literacy health education game that engages users in a game that has them rescue infants from unsafe sleep environments while teaching players safe sleep safety practices such as placing the infant on the back to sleep and other SUID prevention techniques. Thanks to collaboration with Cribs for Kids and Halo Innovations, it incorporates incentives for completing the game. The app is not only a social media message, but a powerful marketing and learning tool for anyone who wishes to spread the safe sleep message.
It is downloadable from the Google Play store and the Apple store
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