We now have a Child and Young People Death Review Committee

johnboy 9 March 2011 2

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.

“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.

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2 Responses to We now have a Child and Young People Death Review Committee
bobb bobb 5:18 pm 19 Mar 11

It would be better to create safety monitoring for children’s and disability services to reduce deaths, rather than inquiring into young people’s deaths after the event.
The ACT Coroner never got around to reporting on the deaths in disability services of Stephen Moon and Jack Sullivan.
We had the Gallop Inquiry into preventable deaths … but after it criticised officials, the ACT Government sank it quietly before proposed changes to the Disability Services Act were even drafted.
While I enjoy the enthusiasm of new politicians, I wish they would learn more from history (even if it is really recent history).

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 11:00 pm 11 Mar 11

Is this one of those “hung parliament” matters we thought would occur?

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