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State Child Abuse Death Review

Stephenie Havard, Administrative Assistant

Welcome to the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee Website

As the Chairperson of the State Committee, I am pleased that you are interested in the vital work that is undertaken by this multi-disciplinary committee and welcome your interest. The Child Abuse Death Review Committee was established in 1999. Section 383.402, Florida Statutes, authorizes a statewide and locally developed multi-disciplinary committees to conduct detailed reviews of the facts and circumstances surrounding child deaths that were accepted for investigation by the Florida Abuse Hotline.

Since 1999, the Child Abuse Death Review Committee has been working diligently with a multitude of partners to make every effort to reduce deaths in Florida from child abuse or neglect.

In 2014, the Florida Legislature expanded the committee's duties from cases that were verified to be caused by abuse or neglect, to all deaths reported to the child abuse hotline. We believe that with a better understanding of contributing factors and a systemic response to strengthen families, we can better protect and improve the outcomes of Florida's children. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate preventable child deaths.

As you navigate our website, you will find our past and current annual reports, guidelines for the operation of the committee, a roster of committee members, notices of public meetings and prevention resources. We hope that you find our website useful and informative. Thank you for visiting and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Robin Perry, Ph.D.
State Child Abuse Death Review Committee

Purpose of Child Death Reviews

Achieve a greater understanding of the causes and contributing factors of deaths resulting from child abuse.

Whenever possible, develop a communitywide approach to address such cases and contributing factors.

Identify any gaps, deficiencies, or problems in the delivery of services to children and their families by public and private agencies which may be related to deaths that are the result of child abuse.

Make and implement recommendations for changes in law, rules, and policies, as well as develop practice standards that support the safe and healthy development of children and reduce preventable child abuse deaths.