2001 Jordan Institute
6, No. 3
Based on their reviews of many
child fatalities, members of the State Child Fatality Review Team have
agency to put a crisis management plan in place before a tragedy happens.
This can make dealing with the media, conducting the CPS investigation,
and supporting each other easier.
Work closely with
the police, medical examiner, EMS, and other agencies looking into
the fatality. Recognize the role DSS plays and what it has to contribute
to efforts to understand the death.
Conduct your own
investigation into safety of the surviving children. Do not rely solely
on the conclusions reached by other agencies investigating the event,
especially in cases of SIDS or layovers.
Balance the need
to be sensitive to surviving family members with the need to get a
full picture of whether there is risk to other children in the home.
Appreciate the importance
of your assessment of risk to other children. Pay special attention
to indications of domestic violence or alcohol/substance abuse.
school, medical, mental health, and substance abuse information during
your assessment of the safety of surviving siblings.