VICTORIAN child protection authorities had closed their files on eight children who died within the following 12 months.
But child welfare officials were involved with 20 of the 28 children known to the state who died last year.
The remaining eight children who died had had their cases closed by child protection in the year before their death, the Victorian Child Death Review Committee says.
The cases of nine children were the subject of child protection investigations, while five were the subject of a protection order.
Six of the 28 children died from accidents, including two road