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Council aims to circumstances of deaths in children

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - An average of 60 to 70 children under the age of 18 die in any given year. One year ago legislation was passed mandating that a Guam Council on Child Death Review and Prevention be formed and today members of that council gathered to receive training. Director of the National Center of Review and prevention of Child Death Terry Covington said, "So the objectives are you do a full case review you tell the child's story we call it peeling back the layers of the onion so that you really learn about the circumstances of the fatality as well as the child's life and their family."

The council aims at trying to understand the path the child was on that led up to the death and figuring out where along that path things could have been done differently. This while also trying to improve investigation into the child's death, improve family services, understand the risk factors and based on those risk factors make recommendations to improve services and change systems.
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