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.
Queensland Government responses
Report and publications
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