(20 ILCS 515/15)
Child death review teams; establishment.
(a) The Director, in consultation with the Executive Council, law
enforcement, and other
professionals who work in the field of investigating, treating, or preventing
child abuse or neglect in that subregion, shall appoint members to a child
team in each of the Department's administrative subregions of the State outside
Cook County and at least one child death review team in Cook County. The
members of a team shall be appointed for 2-year terms and
shall be eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of the terms. The Director must fill any vacancy in a team within 60 days after that vacancy occurs.
(b) Each child death review team shall consist of at least one member from
each of the following categories:
(1) Pediatrician or other physician knowledgeable
about child abuse and neglect.
(2) Representative of the Department.
(3) State's attorney or State's attorney's
(4) Representative of a local law enforcement agency.
(5) Psychologist or psychiatrist.
(6) Representative of a local health department.
(7) Representative of a school district or other
education or child care interests.
(8) Coroner or forensic pathologist.
(9) Representative of a child welfare agency or child
(10) Representative of a local hospital, trauma
center, or provider of emergency medical services.
(11) Representative of the Department of State
(12) Representative of the Department of Public
Each child death review team may make recommendations to the Director
concerning additional appointments.
Each child death review team member must have demonstrated experience and an
interest in investigating, treating, or preventing child abuse or neglect.
(c) Each child death review team shall select a chairperson from among its
The chairperson shall also serve on the Illinois Child Death Review Teams
(d) The child death review teams shall be funded under a separate line item in the Department's annual budget.
(Source: P.A. 100-397, eff. 1-1-18
(20 ILCS 515/20)
Reviews of child deaths.
(a) Every child death shall be reviewed by the team in the subregion which
primary case management responsibility. The deceased child must be one of the
(1) A youth in care.
(2) The subject of an open service case maintained by
(3) The subject of a pending child abuse or neglect
(4) A child who was the subject of an abuse or
neglect investigation at any time during the 12 months preceding the child's death.
(5) Any other child whose death is reported to the
State central register as a result of alleged child abuse or neglect which report is subsequently indicated.
A child death review team may, at its discretion, review other sudden,
unexpected, or unexplained child deaths, and cases of serious or fatal injuries to a child identified under the Children's
Advocacy Center Act.
(b) A child death review team's purpose in conducting reviews of child
is to do the following:
(1) Assist in determining the cause and manner of the
child's death, when requested.
(2) Evaluate means by which the death might have been
(3) Report its findings to appropriate agencies and
make recommendations that may help to reduce the number of child deaths caused by abuse or neglect.
(4) Promote continuing education for professionals
involved in investigating, treating, and preventing child abuse and neglect as a means of preventing child deaths due to abuse or neglect.
(5) Make specific recommendations to the Director and
the Inspector General of the Department concerning the prevention of child deaths due to abuse or neglect and the establishment of protocols for investigating child deaths.
(c) A child death review team shall review a child death as soon as
practical and not later than
90 days following
completion by the Department of the investigation of the death under the
Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. When there has been no investigation
by the Department, the child death review team shall review a child's death
within 90 days after obtaining the information necessary to complete the review
from the coroner, pathologist, medical examiner, or law enforcement agency,
depending on the nature of the case. A child death
team shall meet at
least once in
each calendar quarter.
(d) The Director shall, within 90 days, review and reply to recommendations
made by a team under
item (5) of
subsection (b). With respect to each recommendation made by a team, the Director shall submit his or her reply both to the chairperson of that team and to the chairperson of the Executive Council. The Director's reply to each recommendation must include a statement as to whether the Director intends to implement the recommendation.
The Director shall implement recommendations as feasible and
appropriate and shall respond in writing to explain the implementation or
nonimplementation of the recommendations.
(e) Within 90 days after the Director submits a reply with respect to a recommendation as required by subsection (d), the Director must submit an additional report that sets forth in detail the way, if any, in which the Director will implement the recommendation and the schedule for implementing the recommendation. The Director shall submit this report to the chairperson of the team that made the recommendation and to the chairperson of the Executive Council.
(f) Within 180 days after the Director submits a report under subsection (e) concerning the implementation of a recommendation, the Director shall submit a further report to the chairperson of the team that made the recommendation and to the chairperson of the Executive Council. This report shall set forth the specific changes in the Department's policies and procedures that have been made in response to the recommendation.
(Source: P.A. 100-159, eff. 8-18-17.)
(20 ILCS 515/40)
Illinois Child Death Review Teams Executive Council.
(a) The Illinois Child Death Review Teams Executive Council, consisting of
chairpersons of the 9 child death review teams in Illinois, is the coordinating
oversight body for child death review teams and activities in Illinois. The
vice-chairperson of a child death review team, as designated by the
as a back-up member or an alternate member of the Executive Council, if the
chairperson of the child death review team is unavailable to serve on the
Executive Council. The Inspector General of the Department, ex officio, is a
non-voting member of the Executive Council. The Director may
appoint to the Executive Council any
ex-officio members deemed necessary. Persons with
expertise needed by the Executive Council may be invited to meetings. The
Executive Council must select from its members a chairperson and a
to serve a 2-year, renewable term.
The Executive Council must meet at least 4 times during each calendar year. At each such meeting, in addition to any other matters under consideration, the Executive Council shall review all replies and reports received from the Director pursuant to subsections (d), (e), and (f) of Section 20 since the Executive Council's previous meeting. The Executive Council's review must include consideration of the Director's proposed manner of and schedule for implementing each recommendation made by a child death review team.
(b) The Department must provide or arrange for the staff support necessary
Executive Council to carry out its duties.
The Director, in cooperation and consultation with the Executive Council, shall
appoint, reappoint, and remove team members. From funds available, the Director may select from a list of 2 or more candidates recommended by the Executive Council to serve as the Child Death Review Teams Executive Director. The Child Death Review Teams Executive Director shall oversee the operations of the child death review teams and shall report directly to the Executive Council.
(c) The Executive Council has, but is not limited to, the following duties:
(1) To serve as the voice of child death review teams
(2) To oversee the regional teams in order to ensure
that the teams' work is coordinated and in compliance with the statutes and the operating protocol.
(3) To ensure that the data, results, findings, and
recommendations of the teams are adequately used to make any necessary changes in the policies, procedures, and statutes in order to protect children in a timely manner.
(4) To collaborate with the General Assembly, the
Department, and others in order to develop any legislation needed to prevent child fatalities and to protect children.
(5) To assist in the development of quarterly and
annual reports based on the work and the findings of the teams.
(6) To ensure that the regional teams' review
processes are standardized in order to convey data, findings, and recommendations in a usable format.
(7) To serve as a link with child death review teams
throughout the country and to participate in national child death review team activities.
(8) To develop an annual statewide symposium to
update the knowledge and skills of child death review team members and to promote the exchange of information between teams.
(9) To provide the child death review teams with the
most current information and practices concerning child death review and related topics.
(10) To perform any other functions necessary to
enhance the capability of the child death review teams to reduce and prevent child injuries and fatalities.
(c-5) The Executive Council shall prepare an annual report. The report must include, but need not be limited to, (i) each recommendation made by a child death review team pursuant to item (5) of subsection (b) of Section 20 during the period covered by the report, (ii) the Director's proposed schedule for implementing each such recommendation, and (iii) a description of the specific changes in the Department's policies and procedures that have been made in response to the recommendation. The Executive Council shall send a copy of its annual report to each of the following:
(1) The Governor.
(2) Each member of the Senate or the House of
Representatives whose legislative district lies wholly or partly within the region covered by any child death review team whose recommendation is addressed in the annual report.
(3) Each member of each child death review team in
(d) In any instance when a child death review team does not operate in
established protocol, the Director, in consultation and cooperation
with the Executive Council,
must take any necessary actions to bring the team into compliance
(Source: P.A. 95-405, eff. 6-1-08; 95-527, eff. 6-1-08; 95-876, eff. 8-21-08.)
(20 ILCS 515/45)
Child Death Investigation Task Force.
The Child Death Review Teams Executive Council may, from funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly to the Department and provided to the Child Death Review Teams Executive Council for this purpose, or from funds that may otherwise be provided for this purpose from other public or private sources, establish in the Southern Region of the State, as designated by the Department, a special Child Death Investigation Task Force created by the Child Death Review Teams Executive Council to develop and implement a plan for the investigation of sudden, unexpected, or unexplained deaths of children under 18 years of age occurring within that region. The plan shall include a protocol to be followed by child death review teams in the review of child deaths. The plan must include provisions for local or State law enforcement agencies, hospitals, or coroners to promptly notify the Task Force of a death or serious life-threatening injury to a child, and for the Child Death Investigation Task Force to review the death and submit a report containing findings and recommendations to the Child Death Review Teams Executive Council, the Director, the Department of Children and Family Services Inspector General, the appropriate State's Attorney, and the State Representative and State Senator in whose legislative districts the case arose. The plan may include coordination with any investigation conducted under the Children's Advocacy Center Act. By July 1 of each year, the Child Death Review Teams Executive Council shall submit a report to the Director, the General Assembly, and the Governor summarizing the results of the Child Death Investigation Task Force together with any recommendations for statewide implementation of a protocol for the investigation of all sudden, unexpected, or unexplained child deaths.
(Source: P.A. 100-397, eff. 1-1-18