DCF Child Fatality Prevention Website Reports Five Years of Data
Website displays five years of interactive data on child fatalities
alleged as a result of abuse or neglect
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) launched the Child Fatality Prevention Website in June and has just completed compiling and adding five years of fatality data to the site. The website is publically accessible and contains information on all child fatalities reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline alleged to be a result of abuse or neglect for the past five years.
“We’ve worked to include this historical data as quickly as possible because we know how important it is to maximize transparency and to raise public awareness of these tragedies,” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “The only way to end these fatalities is to know what issues our families are facing. Our hope is that the website will serve as a tool for communities to join with us to meet the needs of their neighbors and protect vulnerable children.”
The website also includes information about DCF’s prevention campaigns relating to the leading causes of child fatality in Florida—unsafe sleep, drowning and inflicted trauma. These campaigns provide useful information for parents and caregivers and avenues for communities and individuals to get involved in preventing these tragedies.
Website data can be sorted and viewed by county, year, child’s age, causal factor and prior involvement. The department updates the site weekly with information from the Florida Abuse Hotline and DCF field staff. Supporting documents detailing additional factors in the case are posted after the case is closed following a review by one of six regional child fatality prevention specialists.
Florida is the largest state, and one of only a handful, to release child fatality data through a public interactive website. The website exceeds the data requirement set out by the Florida Legislature in Senate Bill 1666 which requires DCF to publish basic information about all child abuse deaths.
To view the website and learn more about the child fatality data available visit: www.MyFLFamilies.com/ChildFatality
Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450