Successful Child Death Review (CDR) programs utilize a variety of tools. The tools below have been compiled over the last two decades from fatality review teams throughout the world.  Several of the tools come directly from A Program Manual for Child Death Review which was prepared by The National Center for Child Death Review and child death review leaders from across the country.

These documents are available in Word format to allow customization for individual programs. If there is a tool or resource that you are interested in that is not listed, please send us your suggestions.

  • Planning for a New Child Death Review Team (PDF) (Word)
  • Defining Purpose, Principles and Objectives Worksheet (PDF) (Word)
  • Factors that Contribute to Successful Development of a CDR Program (PDF)
  • Agenda for First CDR Planning Meeting (PDF) (Word)
  • New Team Member Letter of Invitation (PDF) (Word)
  • Local Review Team Interagency Agreement (PDF) (Word)
  • Review Team Confidentiality Agreement (PDF) (Word)
  • Confidentiality Statement (PDF) (Word)
  • CDR Legislation Checklist (PDF) (Word)
  • State Advisory Board Description of Purpose and Function (PDF) (Word)
  • State Advisory Board Agenda (PDF) (Word)
  • State Review Team Process (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Program Manual (PDF)
  • Guides to Effective Child Death Reviews (PDF)
  • Glossary for CDR Terms (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Program Manual (PDF)
  • CDR Team Meeting Agenda (PDF) (Word)
  • Meeting Summary Sheet (PDF) (Word)
  • CDR Team Meeting Tracking Table (PDF)
  • Factors to Help Maintain an Effective CDR Team (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Program Manual (PDF)
  • CDR Annual Report Outline (PDF) (Word)
  • National Fatality Review Case Reporting System (NFR-CRS)
    • Version 5.1: National Fatality Review Case Report Form (PDF)
    • Version 5.1: The National Fatality Review Case Reporting System: Data Dictionary (PDF)
  • Prevention Matrix (PDF)
  • The Spectrum of Prevention (PDF)
  • Developing Effective Coalitions (PDF)
  • Letter Requesting Assistance of the County Clerk (PDF) (Word)
  • Request for Medical Records (PDF) (Word)
  • Request for Cross-Jurisdictional Assistance (PDF) (Word)