First Responder Checklist

First Responder Checklist

The following educational materials support the successful investigation of a child fatality or near fatality. These materials were created to enhance a multidisciplinary approach from the moment a responder arrives to the scene and throughout the investigation process.

A short checklist highlighting key steps and a booklet providing extended guidance can be downloaded below.

The Responsibilities of First Responders at the Scene of a Child Fatality or Near Fatality-Extended Guidance provides important information to ensure a successful investigation.

You can order checklists and booklets, free of charge, by emailing

You can watch the educational video below.

A multidisciplinary approach is critical to the well-being of innocent families and children surrounding these cases as well as the investigation process. Important resources and contacts are listed below.

Child Abuse Consultation Programs

  • Norton Children’s Pediatric Protection Specialists, University of Louisville School of Medicine (502)629-3099 or (502) 629-6000 (after hours)
  • Kentucky Children’s  Hospital Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine, UK Healthcare (859) 218-6727 or (859) 257-5522 (after hours)

Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) 1-800-752-6200 (business hours M-F) and 1-877-KYSAFE1 (holidays/weekends)

Department for Public Health 1-502-564-2154

Local Coroners, medical providers, schools and child care facilities should also be considered as important contacts.

This project was inspired by recommendations from the 2021 Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel Annual Report.