Unexpected Death in Childhood: A Handbook for Practioners / Edition 1

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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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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470060957
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Series: Wiley Child Protection & Policy Series , #16
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents



A note on terminology.



Part 1: Understanding Childhood Death.

Chapter 1: A Family’s Journey (Anne Chalmers).

Chapter 2: Childhood Deaths in Context (Peter Sidebotham, and Peter Fleming).

Chapter 3: Natural Causes of Unexpected Childhood Deaths (Peter Fleming, and Peter Sidebotham).

Chapter 4: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Peter Blair).

Chapter 5: Deaths from Unintentional Injuries (Jo Sibert, and Peter Sidebotham).

Chapter 6: Fatal Child Maltreatment (Peter Sidebotham).

Part 2: Responding When a Child Dies.

Chapter 7: Responding to Unexpected Child Deaths (Peter Sidebotham, and Peter Fleming).

Chapter 8: Police Investigation in Unexpected Childhood Deaths (John Fox).

Chapter 9:The Paediatric Post-Mortem Examination (Phil Cox).

Chapter 10: Supporting Families (Alison Stewart, and Ann Dent).

Part 3: Learning Lessons.

Chapter 11: Reviewing Child Deaths (Martin Ward Platt).

Chapter 12: Serious Case Reviews (Paul Tudor, and Peter Sidebotham).


Emergency Department Flowchart and checklist .

1. Emergency Department Flow Chart and Checklist.

2. History Proforma.

3. Physical Examination Proforma.

4. Laboratory Investigations.

5. Scene Examination Proforma.

6. Resources for Bereave Adults.

7. Resources for Professionals.

8. Practical Information for Families.

9. Opportunities to be with Their Child.

10. Creating Footprints, Photographs and Mementoes..

11. A Framework to Guide Visiting..

12. Child Bereavement Network Belief Statement..

13. Local Case Discussion Proforma..

14. Child Death Review Core Dataset..

15. CDRT Proforma for Analysis..

16. Tools for Developing a Child Death Review Team.



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