Ep 014: Child Death – the Challenges for those Dealing With it & its Relevance for Reviews
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When a child dies there are enormous challenges for professionals & these extend beyond the obvious intense levels of emotion & desire to be aware of & sensitive to the needs of the family.

In this episode you will gain insight into the expectations of professionals & how the dynamics can play out. Those involved in the world of reviews should have a level of understanding of what happens & why. Expect to hear John & I explore the interaction with the review for more detail. John Fox John is a Senior Lecturer in Police Studies at the University of Portsmouth and as well as his regular student centred teaching and he currently delivers child death investigation training to police officers, doctors and specialist nurses. 

He was awarded his MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice by the University of Surrey, and his PhD in the discipline of Sociology also by University of Surrey.

Before joining the team at Portsmouth, he was a senior police detective and subsequently was employed for 6 years as an associate tutor by the College of Policing to train senior homicide detectives on the SIO Development Programme and he helped develop their accredited national 'Investigation of Sudden Childhood Death' course.  He is currently a member of the National Policing Childhood Death Working Group and has represented UK policing on various Government working parties and committees concerning child abuse and related issues, including various editions of 'Working Together' and the 'Achieving Best Evidence' guidance. From 2001 to 2003 he was Lord Laming’s police advisor and assessor, on the Victoria Climbie Inquiry

He has carried out a number of Serious Case Reviews, Practice Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews using SILP methodology as well as traditional or blended methodology. Links & References from the show : Report of Baroness Helena Kennedy  College of Policing guidance  Police practice in cases of sudden and unexpected child death in England and Wales: an investigative deficit?

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