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What evidence do we obtain from home visits?
  1. M Roe
  1. M Roe, Department of Child Health, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton S016 6YD, UK; michael.roe{at}

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In April 2008, Chapter 7 of Working Together to Safeguard Children,1 which deals with the Child Death Review Process, became statutory guidance. This statutory guidance includes the expectation that a senior healthcare professional should undertake a home visit, particularly following the unexpected death of an infant. The purpose of this visit is to talk with the parents and inspect the scene (Section 7.38). The Kennedy report2 provides more details on the nature of this home visit, stating that the health professionals should visit “…to talk through in great detail the events leading up to the infant’s death and to carry out a very careful and systematic examination of the site of the infant’s death” (Section 5.1). There is also a supportive role to the family …

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