Child Death Review – Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Each year in the UK around 260 children die or are seriously harmed and £5 million is spent “learning the lessons”. The same “lessons” have been emerging since the first UK child death inquiry in 1945 without noticeable impact on child fatalities.

Child Death Review (CDR) processes in the UK have evolved almost exclusively from social work. The Scottish Universities Insight Institute are hosting a knowledge transfer event headed by Alyson Leslie, Linda Walker and Professor Sue Black from the University of Dundee. The aim is to think about child death review processes differently, bringing together expertise from the fields of forensic investigation, psychology, education, design, statistics, policing, law, social work and health.

On Monday I  facilitated workshops at the first of four CDR events over the coming months at the Lighthouse in Glasgow assisted by recent Master of Design graduates Sara Nevay and Angela Tulloch and current PhD Saskia Coulson.  The participants came from a range of agencies including the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service and international child protection agencies. We used actor mapping to explore their relationship to the child at the centre of the Child Death Review as a way of representing agencies, relationships and hierarchies  in new ways. Over the next three sessions we will look at these relationships and how information and expertise can be shared to learn the lessons.