Child Death Review
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:
- Open minded and balanced approach
- An inter-agency response
- Appropriate sharing of information
- Appropriate responses to the circumstances
- Preservation of evidence
- Use of a skilled interpreter or communicator when necessary
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 Rapid Response Process [1Mb] contains general advice and guidance in dealing with such deaths along with information concerning inter-agency working.
- Worried about a child?
- Case Conference
- After the Initial Case Conference
- Supplementary Guidance