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(20 ILCS 515/20)
Reviews of child deaths.
(a) Every child death shall be reviewed by the team in the subregion which
primary case management responsibility. The deceased child must be one of the
(1) A youth in care.
(2) The subject of an open service case maintained by
(3) The subject of a pending child abuse or neglect
(4) A child who was the subject of an abuse or
neglect investigation at any time during the 12 months preceding the child's death.
(5) Any other child whose death is reported to the
State central register as a result of alleged child abuse or neglect which report is subsequently indicated.
A child death review team may, at its discretion, review other sudden,
unexpected, or unexplained child deaths, cases of serious or fatal injuries to a child identified under the Children's
Advocacy Center Act, and all unfounded child death cases.
(b) A child death review team's purpose in conducting reviews of child
is to do the following:
(1) Assist in determining the cause and manner of the
child's death, when requested.
(2) Evaluate means by which the death might have been
(3) Report its findings to appropriate agencies and
make recommendations that may help to reduce the number of child deaths caused by abuse or neglect.
(4) Promote continuing education for professionals
involved in investigating, treating, and preventing child abuse and neglect as a means of preventing child deaths due to abuse or neglect.
(5) Make specific recommendations to the Director and
the Inspector General of the Department concerning the prevention of child deaths due to abuse or neglect and the establishment of protocols for investigating child deaths.
(c) A child death review team shall review a child death as soon as
practical and not later than
90 days following
completion by the Department of the investigation of the death under the
Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. When there has been no investigation
by the Department, the child death review team shall review a child's death
within 90 days after obtaining the information necessary to complete the review
from the coroner, pathologist, medical examiner, or law enforcement agency,
depending on the nature of the case. A child death
team shall meet at
least once in
each calendar quarter.
(d) The Director shall, within 90 days, review and reply to recommendations
made by a team under
item (5) of
subsection (b). With respect to each recommendation made by a team, the Director shall submit the Director's reply both to the chairperson of that team and to the chairperson of the Executive Council. The Director's reply to each recommendation must include a statement as to whether the Director intends to implement the recommendation. The Director shall meet in person with the Executive Council at least every 60 days to discuss recommendations and the Department's responses.
The Director shall implement recommendations as feasible and
appropriate and shall respond in writing to explain the implementation or
nonimplementation of the recommendations.
(e) Within 90 days after the Director submits a reply with respect to a recommendation as required by subsection (d), the Director must submit an additional report that sets forth in detail the way, if any, in which the Director will implement the recommendation and the schedule for implementing the recommendation. The Director shall submit this report to the chairperson of the team that made the recommendation and to the chairperson of the Executive Council.
(f) Within 180 days after the Director submits a report under subsection (e) concerning the implementation of a recommendation, the Director shall submit a further report to the chairperson of the team that made the recommendation and to the chairperson of the Executive Council. This report shall set forth the specific changes in the Department's policies and procedures that have been made in response to the recommendation.
(Source: P.A. 103-22, eff. 8-8-23.)