Tools for CDR Teams

Many of the tools and resources listed below were developed by child death review team coordinators and advocates across the country. Their experiences should help assist you in your efforts to develop and maintain an effective team. 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 and advocates throughout the U.S.

If there is a tool or resource that you are interested in that is not listed, please send us your suggestions.
Planning Tools
State Program Tools
CDR Administration Tools
Meeting Tools
CDR Coordinator Tools
Investigation Tools
CDR Reporting Tools
Prevention Tools
Sample Information Request Forms

Planning Tools

  • Planning for a New Child Death Review Team (PDF)
  • Factors that Contribute to Successful Development of a CDR Program (PDF)
  • Agenda for First CDR Planning Meeting (PDF)
  • New Team Member Letter of Invitation (PDF)
  • Local Review Team Interagency Agreement (PDF)
  • Review Team Confidentiality Agreement (PDF)
  • Confidentiality Statement (PDF)


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State Program Tools

  • CDR Legislation Checklist (PDF)
  • State Advisory Board Description of Purpose and Function (PDF)
  • State Advisory Board Agenda (PDF)
  • State Review Team Process (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Program Manual (PDF)


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Meeting Tools

  • Guides to Effective Child Death Reviews (PDF)
  • Glossary for CDR Terms (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Program Manual (PDF)


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CDR Coordinator Tools

  • CDR Team Meeting Agenda (PDF)
  • Meeting Summary Sheet (PDF)
  • CDR Team Meeting Tracking Table (PDF)
  • Factors to Help Maintain an Effective CDR Team (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Program Manual (PDF)


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Investigation Tools


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CDR Reporting Tools

  • CDR Annual Report Outline (PDF)
  • Child Death Review Case Reporting System
    • Version 4.1: Child Death Review Case Report Form (PDF)
    • Version 4.1: The Child Death Review Case Reporting System: Systems Manual with Administration (PDF)
    • Version 4: The Child Death Review Case Reporting System: Data Dictionary (PDF)


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Prevention Tools


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Sample Information Request Forms

  • Letter Requesting Assistance of the County Clerk (PDF)
  • Request for Medical Records (PDF)
  • Request for Cross-Jurisdictional Assistance (PDF)

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