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
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.