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The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

New Resource: Understanding California's Child Fatality Surveillance System (CCFSS) Data


The California Department of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) in partnership with the California Department of Social Service, Office of Child Abuse Prevention's Essentials for Childhood Initiative (EfC) has recently released a new resource titled "Understanding California's Child Fatality Surveillance System (CCFSS) Data ."

The purpose of this resource to (1) describe the purpose of CCFSS, (2) provide an overview of the data collected by the CCFSS from 2003-2021, (3) provide data on the official manners of death and the primary cause of death of children in California collected in the CCFSS from 2003-2021, and (4) provide resources to prevent and reduce child fatalities and improve the health and wellbeing of California’s children.

We are excited to share this new resource with all those who are interested in preventing violence or work within child-serving systems. Please consider sharing this new resource with your networks and thank you for your partnership and efforts to improve child wellbeing in California.


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The new CCFSS system may provide a foundation for truly getting complete epidemiologically reliable and valid data on child fatalities due to abuse and neglect in California, but this report demonstrates it is not ready for prime time. The DPH has taken the flawed, confusing, incomplete, and miscatagorized data from the former FCANS system and squeezed it into the CCFSS format. This is inappropriate, confusing and misleading. This post should be taken down for some rethinking.

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