Child Death Review

A child death is a very difficult time for everyone. The time spent with the family now may be brief but actions may greatly influence how the family deal with the bereavement for a long time afterwards.

How is a child death approached with the family?

A sympathetic and supportive attitude whilst maintaining professionalism towards the investigation is essential. Any communication difficulties, which the family might face, should be considered and addressed at this stage before any serious dialogue takes place. The following principles should be applied:

The behaviour of the first professionals to visit can have a lasting effect on the family's later feelings about the death. A best practice multi-agency protocol for the investigation and management of a child who dies unexpectedly in the Bailiwick of Guernsey is available to download here. The word icon Rapid Response Process [1Mb] contains general advice and guidance in dealing with such deaths along with information concerning inter-agency working.


Document downloads

pdf icon Child Death Review Guidance [448kb]

word icon Form A [69kb]