The child death review process: Intervention and the welfare/surveillance dichotomy

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Devine, L. (2014) The child death review process: Intervention and the welfare/surveillance dichotomy. In: Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infancy (SUDI) Conference, Bristol Civil & Family Justice Centre, 4 December 2014. Available from:

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This paper discusses whether evidential and procedural issues identified in relation to public family law assessment can be used to further understanding of the Child Death Review Process, an under-researched but important process of statutory family assessment. Pre-litigation stages of family investigation, particularly in relation to child protection and safeguarding assessments undertaken within the framework for the assessment of children in need are set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children. The Child Death Review Process, also in Working Together to Safeguard Children is applied in cases of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI cases). Assessment of bereaved parents is particularly sensitive and highlights the problems of mixing investigatory assessment with measures intended to be supportive. This paper questions the function of the Child Death Review Process asking whether it forms part of a drift towards increasingly intrusive state surveillance of families and particularly parents. If it falls into this category issues common to both types of assessment have ramifications for decision making, including decisions made by courts in subsequent public family law or criminal proceedings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: child death review process, SUDI, family assessment, child protection, courts, expert evidence
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Business and Law
Depositing User: Professor L. Devine
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 11:05
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2017 23:10


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