Skip to main content Skip to footer

Reports and publications

Annual reports

By 31 October each year the Child Death Review Board (CDRB) provides an annual report to the responsible Minister, currently the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, about its operations during the past financial year. The report is required to be tabled in Parliament within 14 sitting days.

The report includes information about the CDRB’s operations, research, systemic findings and recommendations made to improve the child protection system and mechanisms to prevent child deaths.  

Child Death Review Board Annual Report 2022-2023

Child Death Review Board Annual Report 2021-2022

Child Death Review Board Annual Report 2020-2021

Queensland Government responses

Queensland Government response to Child Death Review Board Annual Report 2021-2022

Queensland Government response to Child Death Review Board Annual Report 2020-2021

Report and publications

Methamphetamine use by parents of children report

The Child Death Review Board commissioned research to better understand how parental methamphetamine use impacts the health and wellbeing of children, particularly on children under three years of age. This research followed observations from the about the increase in methamphetamine use among parents involved with child cases reviewed by the board.

The research, conducted with the Poche Centre, University of Queensland, identifies potential opportunities for system improvements to respond to and reduce the risk of harm to children known to the child protection system. It includes an analysis of 32 de-identified cases where there was evidence of parental methamphetamine use in the 12 months prior to a child’s death. It serves as a critical piece of awareness raising and will be shared with frontline workers to provide additional guidance on better responding to and supporting parents who use methamphetamine.

You can read the full report Risks for children caused by Methamphetamine use by parents here.

Preventing youth suicide research report

In 2021, the CDRB commissioned Professor Brett McDermott to produce a report on youth suicide. The report provides an overview of the latest research including neurobiological and epidemiological evidence, as well as an overview of findings from cases where children died by suicide.

The report provides insight into the significant impact of adverse childhood experiences on children’s mental health and risk of suicide. It identifies the core elements necessary for child protection and mental health systems to respond appropriately to highly vulnerable infants, children and young people.  

You can read the full report Highly vulnerable infants, children and young people: a joint child protection mental health
response to prevent suicide
here.

Sudden unexpected death in infancy among vulnerable families in Queensland

In 2021, the CDRB commissioned the Queensland Paediatric Quality Council to deliver a research report on sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI).

The report provides insights into risk factors surrounding SUDI and suggested actions to reduce SUDI in families known to the child protection system.

You can read the full report Issues Paper: Sudden unexpected death in infancy among vulnerable families in Queensland here.

Reviewing the child protection system’s response to violence within families

The CDRB has observed a high prevalence of domestic and family violence across the cases it has reviewed since it was established in July 2020. The CDRB analysed a sample of cases to identify recurring issues and improvements in responses provided to families who are known to the child protection system and experiencing domestic and family violence.

You can read the full report Reviewing the child protection system’s response to violence within families—Findings from an analysis of child death reviews involving domestic and family violence here