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Child death reviews

The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is the inter-agency forum that meets regularly to review the deaths of all children normally resident in Hampshire.

The key functions of a CDOP are to:

  • review all child deaths, excluding those babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law
  • determine whether the death was preventable (if there were modifiable factors which may have contributed to the death)
  • decide what, if any, actions could be taken to prevent such deaths happening in the future
  • identify patterns or trends in local data and report these to the Safeguarding Partnerships
  • refer cases to the Safeguarding Partnership Chairs where there is suspicion that neglect or abuse may have been a factor in the child’s death. In such cases a Serious Case Review may be required.
  • agree local procedures for responding to unexpected child deaths

Up until Autumn 2019 there were four CDOP panels within the Hampshire area and one combined Annual Report was published each year.  Click here to read the latest version along with a summary.

Action by professionals when a child dies unexpectedly

Each death of a child is a tragedy, and enquiries should keep an appropriate balance between forensic and medical requirements, and supporting the family at a difficult time.

Joint Agency Response (formerly known as Rapid Response) is an inter-related process for reviewing child deaths whereby a team of key professionals come together for the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating each unexpected death of a child.  Click here to read more information within Chapter 5, Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2018.