Child Death Review Team

The NSW Child Death Review Team (CDRT) reviews the deaths of children in NSW. The purpose of the CDRT is to prevent and reduce child deaths.

The NSW Ombudsman is the CDRT Convenor. The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People and the Community and Disability Services Commissioner are ex-officio members. Other members are appointed by the Minister, and include representatives from the Departments of Communities and Justice (child protection and disability), Health, Education, Attorney General and Justice, NSW Police, and the Office of the NSW Coroner, together with independent individuals with expertise in relevant fields, particularly healthcare, forensic pathology and research methodology. Staff from the Ombudsman’s office provide support and assistance to the CDRT in the exercise of its functions.


  • maintains a register of child deaths in NSW;
  • classifies deaths in the register according to cause, demographic criteria and other relevant factors, and identifies trends and patterns in relation to those deaths;
  • undertakes research that aims to help prevent or reduce the likelihood of child deaths, and to identify areas requiring further research; and
  • makes recommendations as to legislation, policies, practices and services for implementation by government and non-government agencies and the community to prevent or reduce the likelihood of child deaths.

The CDRT is required to report to the NSW Parliament about its work and activities.
Links to past reports are given below:

Prior to 2016 the CDRT annual report was included in its annual Child death review report. The annual report to Parliament is now prepared and tabled as a separate document, while reports or child death data analysis is tabled every two years describing the operations of the NSW Child Death Review Team during 2016-17.

The CDRT also reports to Parliament on research it undertakes.

If you would like to contact the CDRT or would like more information about its role, contact the CDRT on 02 9286 1000 or email

As well as convening the Child Death Review Team, the Ombudsman reviews and reports on the deaths of certain children, young people and people with disability in care (reviewable deaths).