Maternal & Child Health (MCH) - Texas Child Fatality Review

CFRT_pic_2019Maternal and Child Health’s Office of Injury Prevention (OIP) - Texas Child Fatality Review

In 1995, Texas law makers formed the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee (SCFRT Committee). Counties could form local and regional Child Fatality Review Teams (CFRTs) as well. Senate Bill 6, page 61 amended sections of the Family Code Chapter 264. The law moved support and coordination of CFRTs from the Department of Family and Protective Services to the Department of State Health Services.

State Child Fatality Review Team Committee

The State Committee is a group of experts throughout Texas. They want to reduce the number of preventable child deaths. The Committee has 3 goals:

  • Understand the causes and incidence of child deaths in Texas;
  • Identify procedures for agencies to reduce the number of preventable child deaths; and,
  • Promote public awareness and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature. Changes in law, policy, and practice can reduce the number of preventable child deaths. 

Child Fatality Review Teams (CFRTs)

Local and regional CFRTs are working groups of community partners. They review child deaths on a local level from a public health perspective. Reviewing a child’s death helps identify strategies to decrease preventable child deaths. Local CFRTs:

  • Provide help, direction, and coordination to investigations of child deaths;
  • Promote collaboration among agencies involved in responding to child fatalities;
  • Try to understand the causes and incidence of child deaths in their county or counties;
  • Recommend changes to policy or procedures that will reduce preventable deaths; and,
  • Suggest changes to law, policy, or practice to the State CFRT.

Texas CFRTs vary in size and the number of counties for which they review child deaths. Some teams review deaths for only one county while others review deaths for two or more. The largest number of counties a single Texas team covers is 26.

Texas seeks to have Child Fatality Review Teams in all parts of Texas. See the coverage on the Texas Map

Reports, Protocols, and Guidelines

Texas Child Fatality Data and Recommendations 2018 
(2.15MB, PDF, Viewing Information)

Texas Child Fatality Review Team Biennial Report 2014-2015
(7MB, PDF, Viewing Information)

Texas Child Fatality Review Team Annual Report 2013
(2MB, PDF, Viewing Information)

Child Fatality Review Team Operating Procedures
(875Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form
(186Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

How to Use the SUIDI Reporting Form
(278Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

State Child Fatality Review Team Committee Position Statements

Preventable Child Abuse and Neglect - 2012
(152 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Substance Abuse Dependence Position Statement - 2013
(49 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Fire Burn - 2014
(288 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Child Suicide - 2017
(50 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Water Safety - 2012
(274 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Motor Vehicle Safety - 2012
(163 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)

Safe Sleep - 2015
(36 Kb, PDF, Viewing Information)      

Helpful Websites

National MCH Center for Child Death Review
ICAN National Center on Child Fatality Review

National Center for Fatality Review & Prevention that includes 13 web-based training modules covering various aspects of fatality review. Half of the training modules focus on process work such as FIMR 101, CDR 101 and conducting maternal interviews. The other half of the training modules cover best practices such as facilitating successful meetings, incorporating health equity into fatality review and writing recommendations.

CDC - Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (Includes Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations (SUIDI), the SUIDI data collection form and SUIDI training materials.)

National Clearinghouse of Child Abuse and Neglect
Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services (CPS)
Shaken Baby Alliance
SIDS Network

For more information on Texas Child Fatality Review contact:

Office of Injury Prevention
Child Fatality Review Coordinator
Texas Department of State Health Services

Injury.web@dshs.texas.gov 
Titlev@dshs.texas.gov  

PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1914
Austin, TX 78714-9347
512-776-7373

 

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Child Fatality Review Teams or information regarding injury prevention in Texas, please email injury.web@dshs.texas.gov or call (512) 776-7373.

   

Last updated June 18, 2019