ATLANTA – Today, the Department published its third Quarterly Child Death Analysis. The analysis provides child death statistics for the 1st quarter of 2013. The quarterly data gives insight into the circumstances surrounding a child’s death for children whose families have been provided support services within the last five years.
DFCS continues to implement pro-active measures to help educate the public and stakeholders regarding child deaths and serious injuries. Pro-active measures include:
- Multi-agency public awareness campaigns regarding safe sleep awareness, water safety, and car seat safety.
- Collaboration with other agencies to enhance data collection in regards to child death statistics so that information can be used for prevention.
- Ongoing education and outreach at DFCS Child Safety Summits on preventing unintentional child deaths and serious injuries.
- 24-Hour staffing of child death cases with alleged maltreatment and DFCS history. Staffings help identify trends in child fatalities which advance practice and policy and further train staff to respond thoroughly and appropriately to all reports of child maltreatment.
To access all current and past DHS public education materials, including the DFCS Quarterly Child Death Analysis, visit: http://dhs.georgia.gov/protecting-georgias-most-precious-asset.