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Child fatality data added to DCF web site

—The Florida Department of Children and Families launched the child fatality prevention website in June and has just completed compiling and adding five years of fatality data to the site, DCF officials say.

The public can access the website, which contains information on all child fatalities reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline alleged to be a result of abuse or neglect.

“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 in a news release.

“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 fatalities in Florida—unsafe sleep, drowning and inflicted trauma.

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, the news release states.

To view the website and learn more about the child fatality data available

go to: www.MyFLFamilies.com/ChildFatality