Children and Young People Death Review Committee

The ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee is an independent committee established to review information about the deaths of children and young people in the ACT, identify emerging patterns and undertake research aimed at preventing or reducing the deaths of children.

The Committee has an important role to examine information about all deaths of children and young people under the age of 18 years in the ACT, identify emerging patterns or trends and undertake research aimed at preventing or reducing the number of child deaths. The Committee is able to recommend changes to legislation, policies, practices and services that will help to prevent the number of deaths of children or young people in the ACT.

ACT CYPDRC Messages to the Community

The growing body of evidence produced by the committee leads us to share the following messages with the broader ACT community:

The data indicate that the rate of deaths where co-sleeping is a factor has dropped dramatically. It’s a sign that the community has heard the message there. For more information on co-sleeping see the fact sheet.

Given the opportunities for incidental risk, the committee encourages parents and guardians as well as the broader community to be vigilant about children: keep watch, lock pool gates, keep button batteries out of reach for instance. Be aware of the environment of where you live and where you visit.

Look for signs and be aware of the children and young people you interact with. Understand how you can support them. There are contact details and links to other useful resources on the Links page.


Latest Reports and Publications

Annual Report 2016 [PDF 1MB] [Word 1.16MB]

Retrospective: Progress inthe ACT between 2004 and 2013

Media Release: 23 March 2017 Preventing child deaths: looking back tells us what we can do better [PDF 317KB] [Word 68KB]

Media Release: A long way to go to prevent suicide amongst young people [PDF 99KB] [Word 84KB]

Suicide and Self Harm submission

Annual Report 2014-2015

Unsafe Sleeping Fact Sheet

Information Brochure


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The death of a child is a tragedy bringing grief to all involved. It can have a huge impact on the community and that is why the aim of the CYPDRC is to learn from these tragic circumstances.

If you think you can help us in this learning, contact us on:

6205 2949

support for families

Support for Families

Lifeline 24 hour crisis service - phone 13 11 14

Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800

The Canberra Hospital Social Work Services - 6244 2222

Calvary Health Care ACT Pastoral Care - 6201 6111
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