The purpose of this Committee is to assist the Minister of Family and Community Services in investigating deaths of children under the age of 19, that would have been in the legal care of the Minister or who have been known to the child protection system within the last 12 months prior to their death.
To achieve this purpose the Minister has established a permanent Child Death Review Committee. Cases will be reviewed on an individual basis through the provision of or access to special expertise.
Upon being notified of a child death, the Minister shall request, in writing, the Chair of the Child Death Review Committee to convene a review. The Chairperson shall have discretion as to whether or not a child who has died of natural causes will be subject to a full review.
The CDRC has reviewed a total of 70 deaths since its inception.