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 2015 to Safeguard Children.
There are two interrelated processes for reviewing child deaths (either of which can trigger a serious case review):
a) 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; and
b) 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.
Pan Dorset Child Death Overview Panel
Bournemouth and Poole has a joint CDOP shared with Dorset that meets every two months to review the deaths of all children, excluding those who are stillborn, from birth to age 18 years normally resident in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
The CDOP reviews annually the numbers and patterns of deaths in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset and provides the LSCB and its constituent agencies with an annual report including any recommendations for future practice and reducing the number of preventable deaths.
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:
CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel) Business Manager
Telephone No: 01305 221844
CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel) Coordinator
Telephone No: 01305 221644