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Responding to Unexpected Child Deaths (Days 2 and 3)

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the different components of the rapid response to an unexpected childhood death
  • Discuss their role and that of other professionals involved in the process;collect and share relevant information for the investigation through the taking of a thorough history, review of background information from their own or other agencies, and evaluation of the scene and circumstances of a child’s death
  • Interpret common findings from the examination of a dead child
  • Request appropriate investigations following an unexpected death in infancy and childhood;explain to families the purpose and process of the rapid response, including what will happen to their child
  • Collate and evaluate information from the investigation in the light of knowledge of nature and causes of unexpected childhood death
  • Recognise and respond appropriately where there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a child

Programme - Day 2

09.30 Welcome and introduction to the course and Recap on overview of child death processes

10.00 Group work 1: Immediate responses

10.40 Group Feedback

11.00 Coffee Break

11.45 Early responses: Information gathering, The home visit

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Group work 2: Supporting families

14.30 Group Feedback

15.00 Tea Break

15.30 The Role of the Coroner, Inquests

16.15 Parent’s perspective

17.00 Close

Homework – case information, form B

Programme Day 3

09.00 The autopsy

10.00 Case Review: interpreting individual data

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Group work 3: case discussions

11.45 Group feedback

12.00 Supporting families

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Group work 4: feedback to parents

14.30 Group Feedback

15.00 Tea Break

15.30 Understanding SIDS

16.15 Questions and evaluation

16.30 Close