Child Fatality Prevention Team

The Catawba County Child Fatality Prevention Team meets quarterly and provides a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to study cases of childhood death in Catawba County in order to attempt to reduce child fatalities. The team reviews the system of child protection and identifies potential gaps and strategies to help protect children from abuse and neglect, reduce child death, and support the safe and healthy development of children. It also advises the state committee on policy changes needed at the state level.

The team has the legal responsibility of reviewing cases of child fatalities when the family has been in interactions with Catawba County Social Services or Child Protective Services.

More information is available on the team and its function, and state information on the task force’s accomplishments is also available online.

Locally, the team has identified safe sleeping practices as an area of concern. Babies should always sleep alone, on his/her back, and only in a crib. Click here for more information (Spanish) (Hmong).

The team also participates in the annual Distracted Driving Video Contest. Catawba County teams often take home the first place and viewer’s choice awards. The Catawba County Council on Adolescents sponsors the contest, which is coordinated by a coalition of community organizations each year.