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Unexpected Death in Childhood: A Handbook for Practitioners

Peter Sidebotham (Editor), Peter Fleming (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-06096-4
368 pages
February 2008
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For families who have experienced the death of a child, their private tragedy is all too often exacerbated by an inappropriate or incompetent professional response. For the professional charged with the responsibility of having to deal with unexpected child deaths, such as a pediatrician, a police officer, or social worker, this title offers guidance on how to respond adequately to this tragic event but also places the subject in a larger social context, examining the history, epidemiology, causes, and contributory factors surrounding the death of a child. The book also covers the prevalence and types of death, the role of the police in an unexpected child death, how to support families, how to undertake a serious case review, and how to prevent child deaths in the future.

Part of the prestigious NSPCC Wiley Series in Safeguarding Children - The Multi-Professional Approach.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

A Note on Terminology xiii

List of Contributors xv

Acknowledgements xix

I Understanding Childhood Death 1

1 A Family’s Journey 3
Ann Chalmers

2 Childhood Deaths in Context 10
Peter Sidebotham, Peter Fleming

3 Natural Causes of Unexpected Childhood Deaths 25
Peter Fleming, Peter Sidebotham

4 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 41
Peter Blair

5 Deaths from Unintentional Injuries 61
Jo Sibert, Peter Sidebotham

6 Fatal Child Maltreatment 75
Peter Sidebotham

II Responding When a Child Dies 95

7 Responding to Unexpected Child Deaths 97
Peter Sidebotham, Peter Fleming

8 Police Investigation in Unexpected Childhood Deaths 132
John Fox

9 The Paediatric Post-Mortem Examination 154
Phil Cox

10 Supporting Families 170
Alison Stewart, Ann Dent

III Learning Lessons 203

11 Reviewing Child Deaths 205
Martin Ward Platt

12 Serious Case Reviews 232
Paul Tudor, Peter Sidebotham

Appendices

1 Emergency Department Flow Chart and Checklist 252

2 History Proforma 256

3 Physical Examination Proforma 259

4 Laboratory Investigations 260

5 Scene Examination Proforma 263

6 Resources for Bereaved Adults 265

7 Resources for Professionals 271

8 Practical Information for Families 273

9 Opportunities to Be with Their Child 279

10 Creating Footprints, Photographs and Mementoes 281

11 A Framework to Guide Visiting 284

12 Child Bereavement Network Belief Statement 290

13 Local Case Discussion Proforma 291

14 Child Death Review Core Dataset 294

15 CDRT Proforma for Analysis 301

16 Tools for Developing a Child Death Review Team 304

References 310

Index 339

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Author Information

Peter Sidebotham, Consultant paediatrician and senior lecturer in child health, University of Warwick, UK. Designated doctor for child protection, North Warwickshire and Rugby PCTs, Co-editor NSPCC/Wiley Series in Safeguarding Children, Associate editor Child Abuse Review; editorial board, Child Abuse & Neglect.

Peter Fleming, Professor of Infant Health and Development, University of Bristol, UK, Consultant Paediatrician, United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Reviews

"It gives practical advice to professionals and can be recommended for specialists in legal medical and specialists from other fields involved in the investigation of these deaths inside and outside the UK." (International Journal of Legal Medicine, September 2008)

"It gives practical advice to professionals and can be recommended for specialists in legal medicine and specialists from other fields." (International Journal of Legal Medicine, 2008)

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