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DFCS Issues Quarterly Child Death Analysis

DFCS Issues Quarterly Child Death Analysis

January 17, 2014

ATLANTA – Today, the Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services published the Quarterly Child Death Analysis for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2013.

The reports provide insight into the circumstances of death for children whose families received agency services within the last five years.

DFCS continues to implement proactive measures to help educate the public and prevent child deaths and serious injuries. These proactive measures include:

  • Collaborating with other state agencies to enhance data collection and analysis to identify preventable trends.
  • Ongoing education and outreach at DFCS Child Safety Summits on preventing unintentional child deaths and serious injuries.
  • Staffing child death cases with alleged maltreatment and DFCS history. Staffings help identify trends in child fatalities that enhance practice and policy as well as provide training opportunities for staff who must respond thoroughly and appropriately to all reports of child maltreatment.
  • Partnering with the Cherokee Child Advocacy Center to develop and administer an intensive training for staff, teaching them interviewing skills that will allow them to gain the best information from children who are alleged victims of abuse and to make decisions regarding their safety.
  • Developing an external review process to assess current DFCS practice and determine areas of improvement.
  • Utilizing predictive analytics to determine commonalities (red flags) that may be indicators that child is not safe.
  • Providing consultation & support for counties on cases of child deaths and serious injury, frequently including medical experts from Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA).
  • Partnering with CHOA to develop more in-depth analyses of medically- related deaths.

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.

Contact Information: 
Ravae Graham: 404-657-1384