Child deaths

From April 2008 all local safeguarding children boards have had a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies.

The procedures to be followed are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013).

There are two related processes for reviewing child deaths, either of which can trigger a serious case review. These are:

  • Rapid response by a group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating each unexpected death of a child.
  • An overview of all child deaths (under 18 years old) in the local safeguarding children board (LSCB) areas, undertaken by a panel.

Child death overview panels (CDOPs) are responsible for reviewing information on all child deaths, and are accountable to the LSCB chair.

Contact details for the notification of the death of a child

If a child or young person (under 18 years old) dies, please notify the child death overview panel coordinator as a matter of urgency:

Rachel Turley
Acting CDOP Co-ordinator
Telephone: 01332 623700 extension 31526

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