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Guiding principles of the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee

These are the formal guiding principles of the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee (CDSIRC).

  1. Children are persons aged from birth up to but not including 18 years of age, where the term ‘children’ includes infants, children and young people within that age range.
  2. When undertaking its work the committee will, at all times, focus its attention on children’s needs and interests.
  3. The reviews conducted by the committee will be timely and based on a comprehensive, systematic assessment of the preventability of the death or serious injury.
  4. The recommendations made by the committee will be based on:
    1. the review of child deaths and serious injuries
    2. the accurate analysis of relevant, local information and reports relating to child deaths and serious injuries
    3. the review of policies, practices, procedures and legislation that may impact upon children’s safety and protection or may seek to prevent child deaths and serious injuries.
  5. In conducting reviews and making recommendations the committee recognises the importance of different cultures.
  6. The committee will conduct each review with respect for the child and the family and their privacy, and will not publish confidential information or information that would identify a particular person.
  7. The committee recognises as a priority the importance of reducing the incidence of child deaths and serious injuries in particular population groups where there is a higher incidence of these events, such as amongst rural children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  8. In conducting its reviews and making its recommendations, the committee acknowledges:
    1. that the responsibility for responding to and preventing child death and serious injuries lies with the community and the whole of government, not with any single entity
    2. that it is not concerned with determining criminal responsibility or negligence, and 
    3. that its reviews are not an alternative to the investigation of child deaths or serious injuries by the police and the coroner, or to the investigation by government agencies of departmental responses to the circumstances surrounding the death of a child or serious injury to a child for whom they are responsible.
  1. In conducting reviews and making recommendations, the committee seeks to:
    1. inform government and community of strategies, policies and programs to prevent future child deaths and serious injury
    2. improve interagency coordination, communication and cooperation in all aspects of child protection and injury prevention
    3. improve community understanding of how and why children die or are seriously injured and of the need for programs aimed at improving child health safety and protection
    4. encourage a greater community responsibility for the nurturing and protection of all children
    5. recognise and foster what is already done well with regard to child protection and injury prevention
    6. contribute to an understanding of why people harm children and with that understanding advise on ways of addressing these issues.


Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee

Phone: 8463 6451
Emailcdsirc [at] sa.gov.au