Child Deaths

From April 2008 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards have had a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies.

There are two interrelated processes for reviewing child deaths (either of which can trigger a serious case review):

  1. 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; and
  2. An overview of all child deaths (under 18 years) in the local safeguarding children board (LSCB) area(s), 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.

Notification of Child Deaths - Contact details

If a child or young person (age 0-18 years) dies please notify as a matter of urgency the Child Death Overview Panel Co-ordinator, details as follows:

Tel: 01952 385684

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