About the Children and Young People Death Review Committee
The ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee is established under the Children and Young People Act 2008, Chapter 19A - 727B.
The ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee is a group of people who come together as an independent committee established under legislation to work towards reducing the number of deaths of ACT children and young people. Information Brochure
The CYP death review committee has the following functions:
- to keep a register of deaths of children and young people under part 19A.3;
- to identify patterns and trends in relation to the deaths of children and young people;
- to undertake research that aims to help prevent or reduce the likelihood of the death of children and young people;
- to identify areas requiring further research, by the committee or another entity, that arise from the identified patterns and trends in relation to the deaths of children and young people;
- to make recommendations about legislation, policies, practices and services for implementation by the Territory and non‑government bodies to help prevent or reduce the likelihood of the death of children and young people;
- to monitor the implementation of the committee’s recommendations;
- to report to the Minister under part 19A.4;
- any other function given to the committee under this chapter.
The CYP death review committee has no function in relation to reviewing the cause of death of a particular child or young person.
The Committee reports annually to the Minister for Children, Youth and Families. The Committee may also provide other reports to the Minister which may assist with reducing the likelihood of a child or young person’s death.
Confidentiality is important, and all reports prepared by the Committee must not identify a child or young person who has died.
Publications and further information about annual reports can be found on the Publications page.
- the use of a secure register that can only be accessed by authorised staff
- password protection of documents when sharing any identifiable data during the obtaining of information
- assignment of an identification number to each child, young person, family member or relevant person
- provision to Committee members of de-identified information only about a child, young person, family member or relevant person.
- continue its reviews into the deaths of individual children and young people; each review contributes to the bigger picture and the identification of patterns and trends
- share what is learnt in an attempt to influence system changes, including in practice and service delivery
- continue to reach out to the ACT community with awareness campaigns and safety messages
- continue to maintain a register of all deaths of children and young people who die in the ACT and oversee cause of death coding
- provide relevant information to other jurisdictions as requested and when this sharing of information will not impact on the Committee’s responsibilities set out under the Children and Young People Act 2008.
- continue to be a member of the Australian and New Zealand Child death Review and Prevention Group (ANZCDR&PG) and attend any relevant meetings and conferences