17 members have been named to a panel to help ensure state agencies meet policies related to the reporting of child abuse and neglect. The group will investigate child fatalities and near fatalities determined to be the result of child abuse or neglect. Members of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel will meet quarterly. They will examine official records and case records. The group will also analyze medical, psychosocial, and legal circumstances of children to identity conditions which contribute to death or serious injury.
The review panel will also make recommendations to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Department for Community Based Services, and other public and private agencies.