Mapping and review – activities to prevent childhood injury and disease in NSW
NSW Child Death Review Team, NSW Ombudsman
Duration: May – September 2015
The NSW Ombudsman engaged the CHSD to prepare a report for the NSW Child Death Review Team that provided an initial overview of the current infrastructure for childhood injury and disease prevention in NSW. Infrastructure included frameworks and policies, data collections and regular reports, as well as childhood injury and disease prevention structures and activities (including groups or organisations both government and non-government).
The NSW Ombudsman has an important role in improving the delivery of public services through scrutinising agency systems, overseeing investigations or reviewing the delivery of services. The Office has a particular role in relation to children, which includes maintaining oversight of organisations delivering services to children – including schools and child-care centres and monitoring the causes and patterns of deaths of children and people with disabilities in care and specific functions relating to the protection of children in NSW.
The NSW Child Death Review Team has been associated with the NSW Ombudsman’s office since 2011 after a prior history with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People. The purpose of the Team is to prevent and reduce deaths of children in NSW.
What we did
The scan was completed through a process of desktop review. Government and non-government websites were systematically searched for relevant international, national and NSW information on policy and legislation, data sources, stakeholders and coordination in the field of childhood injury and disease prevention. Several experts working in the field of childhood injury and disease prevention were consulted, particularly for advice when web-based searching produced limited information. Reference lists of key government reports were scrutinised to identify relevant information.
The structure of the report reflected the approach taken to describe childhood injury and disease prevention infrastructure in NSW by:
- defining key concepts;
- summarising the policy framework nationally and within NSW;
- identifying the major existing sources of data and information relevant to childhood injury and disease prevention;
- reviewing key stakeholders; and
- exploring existing mechanisms of coordination.
The major finding of the preliminary scan of childhood injury and disease prevention infrastructure was that there is a need for stronger leadership and coordination to deliver further improvements in childhood injury and disease prevention in NSW.
The report, ‘A scan of childhood injury and disease prevention infrastructure in NSW’, was issued as a special report to Parliament in late 2015.
In addition, a briefing paper was produced that provided a suggested study methodology that built upon the findings of the scan. Advice on the need for and scope of a further and more detailed study was provided, including defining study parameters, availability and nature of published information and study methodology options.