What are reviewable deaths?
We review and monitor the deaths of:
- Children who die as a result of abuse or neglect, or their death occurred in suspicious circumstances
- Children who die while in out-of-home care
- Children who die while in detention
- Persons with disability who, at the time of their death, were living in or temporarily absent from, residential care provided by a service provider or an assisted boarding house.
What do we do?
We maintain a register of reviewable deaths, and analyse information about causes of death and any patterns or trends arising from the register.
We undertake research and make recommendations for the purpose of reducing or removing risk factors associated with reviewable deaths that are preventable.
We report biennially to the NSW Parliament on our work and findings.
Notifying the deaths of people with disability in care
All deaths of people with disability who lived in residential care or an assisted boarding house must be notified within 48 hours of the person’s death.
Services that are funded under the NDIS now need to notify the NSW Ombudsman directly of the deaths of people with disability in their residential care (or centre-based respite) – they are not required to send the CDN/ other information to FACS. The other processes remain unchanged (ie: the need to notify the police/Coroner).
Use one of these forms and submit by email:
- The Ombudsman's role in community services fact sheet
- Reviewable deaths – children and young people, and people with disabilities fact sheet
- Reviewable disability deaths: FAQ