Child Fatality Review Team
Child Fatality Review:
A child's death is a tragic event. Child fatality review helps to 1. Identify risk and preventable causes of illness or injury 2. Prioritize prevention and 3. Promote recommendations and actions to prevent future child deaths.
The Nassau County Child Fatality Review Team:
The Nassau County Child Fatality Review Team (NCCFRT) is a multidisciplinary team that has functioned since December 2008 as a NYS approved child fatality review team as provided in New York State Social Services Law (SSL) §422-b working under the supervision of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The team was created to review fatalities of Nassau County residents ages 0-17 years whose death is unexpected or unexplained.
New York State Social Services Law (SSL) §422-b working under the supervision of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The team was created to review fatalities of Nassau County residents ages 0-17 years whose death is unexpected or unexplained.
The mission of the NCCFRT is to review child deaths to better understand the causes of these deaths and to make recommendations based on the team's findings in order to reduce future child fatalities.
Membership in the CFRT is defined by SSL §422-b. This statute requires the participation of certain local governmental agencies and private individuals. SSL § 442-b also allows for the appointment of associate members from various fields of practice. Mandatory team members include Nassau County Child Protective Services, Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Nassau County Department of Health, Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner, Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Office of the Nassau County Attorney, Nassau County Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, New York State Law Enforcement and a pediatrician with expertise in child abuse. The team has added additional members with expertise relevant to child fatality prevention and/or review.
Information regarding a case is gathered and presented at meetings in a systematic fashion. Contributing factors to the death are identified. The team then has the ability to analyze patterns of child deaths and make recommendations for preventing future child fatalities. The NCCFRT meetings are confidential and closed to the public. A confidentiality statement is signed by each member at the start of each team meeting. The team follows a protocol and procedure manual, in accordance with New York State Social Service Law §§ 20(5) and 422-b, along with OCFS guidelines. The Team has the authority to prepare Informational releases to address various safety issues.
This website contains information regarding the findings and activities of the NCCFRT. It is not designed to be a comprehensive injury prevention resource but rather a working guide to the process.
AAP Policy Statements:
- AAP Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines, updated June 2022
- Child Fatality Review
- Drowning Prevention
- Safe sleep
CDC Child Injury Report:
Resources by Topic:
Video from Consumer Product Safety Commission: "But I was only gone for moment…"
English and Spanish Version can be found at: Consumer Product Safety Commission website
New Safe Sleep videos from the Office of Children and Family Services:
- NYS OCFS Safe Sleep video 1 - English
- NYS OCFS Safe Sleep video 2 - English
- NYS OCFS Safe Sleep video 1 - Spanish
- NYS OCFS Safe Sleep video 2 - Spanish
- Safe Sleep for Baby - English
- Safe Sleep for Baby - Spanish
- Information for Action Bulletin from the New York State Department of Health: Promoting Safe Sleep Practices in New York State
Safe Sleep for Babies- English/Spanish
Independent Report-Safe Sleep - September 2010
FDA Infant Positioner warning
In the News
Banning Crib Bumpers Article
Banning Crib Bumpers Video
Choking Poster - English
Choking Poster - Spanish
Informational Release-Choking on Food: A Risk for All Children - March 2013
Suicide Prevention letter to Pediatricians
Summary ReportsSummary Report 2015-2017 (New)
Summary Report 2013-2014
Summary Report 2009-2010
Summary Report 2011-2012
- American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics Website
Provides information on car safety, Internet safety, seasonal safety, travel safety and other safety topics.
- Consumer Products Safety Commission
Consumer Products Safety Commission Website
Provides consumer safety information and ensures the safety of consumer products, such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals.
Toll-free Consumer Hotline: 800-638-2772 (TTY 800-638-8270)
- First Candle
First Candle Website
Provides information on infant health and safety.
Phone 410-653-8226 or 800-221-7437
- National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths
National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths Website
Resource center for state and local Child Death Review programs. Promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology activities at state, community and national levels.
- New York State Office of Children and Family Services
New York State Office of Children and Family Services Website
Provides information on various issues including domestic violence, adoption, foster care, child abuse, childcare and community services.
- New York State Safe Kids Coalition
New York State Safe Kids Coalition Website
Provides education for adults and children about specific injury prevention.
- Prevent Child Injury
Prevent Child Injury Website