To improve agency practices and increase the safety of children within the CWS system, all county CWS agencies should perform a formal internal review of the services they delivered to each child before he or she died of abuse or neglect and implement any resulting recommendations.
Social Services released, in September 2012, a letter to all counties encouraging them, as a best practice, to conduct internal reviews of fatalities resulting from abuse or neglect. Additionally, Assembly Bill 1440 (AB 1440), as amended in March 2012, would have required each county CWS agency to conduct a formal child death review and would also have required counties to submit death review reports to Social Services. AB 1440 was not enacted during the 2011–12 Legislative Session. (See 2013-406, p. 120)
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.