Why review child deaths?
Since April 2008 the law requires that the deaths of all children aged 0-17 years, irrespective of circumstances, must be reviewed by a multi- agency Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), working for the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

The LSCB also has a responsibility for putting in place procedures for ensuring that there is a coordinated response by the authority, their Board partners and other relevant persons to an unexpected death.

What does the Child Death Overview Panel do?
The panel will collect and analyse information about every child’s death to identify any learning and will recommend any changes or improvements to services for children that might prevent similar deaths in the future.  Any recommendations made are passed on to the organisations that are responsible for planning and managing services for children locally, as well as to other relevant agencies.

Who sits on the Child Death Overview Panel?
A Consultant Paediatrician, Public Health Consultant, Midwifery, Health Visiting Service, Police, Education, Children’s Social Care and a Local Authority Solicitor. Other professionals may be invited to give specialist advice where needed.

How does the panel report on its findings?
Lessons learned and recommendations made are outlined in the Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report which is available on this website.

Can parents, family members and carers contribute to the review?
Yes  Parents, family members or carers will be informed of the process and will be given the opportunity to contribute to the review and ask questions.  A leaflet explaining the process is available on this website.

How can I find out more about the child death review process?
Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 gives a detailed overview of the child death review process and can be accessed from the following website: 

Or you can contact Caroline Lamming-Chowen, Child Death Overview Panel Manager by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the following address: The People Group (Safeguarding), Warwickshire County Council, Building 3, Saltisford Office, Ansell Way, Warwick CV34 4UL. 

Informing Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) team of a child's death
To inform the CDOP team of a child's death, please complete the Notifcation Form (Form A) and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This should be completed within 24 hours of the death. 
To access Form A, please click here

For parents, families and carers, a further information leaflet can be accessed by clicking the following link:
Child death - Information for parent, families and carers leaflet.pdf 

To download copies of previous Child Death Overview Panel Annual Reports, click the relevant link:
2012 2013-CDOP-Annual-Report.pdf
2013-2014 CDOP Annual Report.pdf
2014-2015 CDOP (Redacted) Annual Report.pdf
2015-2016 CDOP Annual Report.pdf
2016-2017 CDOP Annual Report.pdf
2017-2018 CDOP Annual Report

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