The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has announced that she has succesfully legislated to establish the snappily named Child and Young People Death Review Committee.
“This legislation will establish a CYPDRC which will look at trends and systemic causes which contribute to the deaths of children and young people in the Territory,” Ms Hunter said.
“Like other Child Death Review Committees the Greens Bill aims to identify strengths and weaknesses in systemic responses to child deaths and actions that can be taken to avoid similar deaths.
“This is different to a coroner, in that it looks at how we can respond to prevent deaths of children and young people in the future, not just at what has been the cause of death.
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“This committee will provide the ACT with a comprehensive review system that will identify strengths and weaknesses in system and community responses for the benefit of future prevention and action.
“Child death review teams do not aim to determine the culpability of alleged offenders or comment on the individual performance of people, nor do they investigate the causes of child deaths; that role is left to the police and coroner.