Child Deaths 2010 Annual Report

Minister for Family and Community Services the Hon. Pru Goward has launched the inaugural Child Deaths 2010 Annual Report at a seminar at Parliament House.

The report reviews Community Services' involvement with the families of the 139 children and young people who died in 2010, what has been learned from reviews of their deaths, and what is being done to improve practice and reform systems.

Six key themes emerged from an analysis on child deaths in 2010 which are explained in depth in the report.

The report reveals that 52 children (37%) died from illness or disease, 25 children (18%) died from prematurity while five children (4%) died from suspicious injuries. The report also found that domestic violence and parental substance abuse were the most common reported risk factors.

The report was discussed at a seminar on December 14 at Parliament House with child protection experts including government and non-government partner agencies and academics. The seminar also included an address by Eileen Munro, Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, on how organisations can learn to reduce risk to children.