Chapter 7 of Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the procedures to be followed when a child dies. There are two interrelated processes for reviewing child deaths (either of which can trigger a serious case review):

  1. a 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
  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. CDOPs may serve more than one LSCB. Child death review processes became mandatory in April 2008, though LSCBs have been able to implement these functions since April 2006.

The following key documents offer information related to the child death review process.

Key documents

This revised document was published on 17 March 2010 and includes a revised Chapter 7 on child death review processes.

The data shows the number of deaths of children registered according to place of residence, by LA in the years 2006–10. Source: Office for National Statistics.

A leaflet which explains the child death review process to parents, carers and family members.