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Child Deaths

CDOP is changing

16 partners from CCGs and LAs covering Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster are creating the new North West London Child Death Review (NWL CDR) service, to deliver the new Child Death Review statutory requirements they now hold.

North West London [NWL] eCDOP:

For further information about the upcoming NWL CDR  approach see our ˜Statement of Transition here

Child Death Overview Panel (pre 2020)

From the 1st April 2008, LSCBs have statutory responsibility to review all deaths of children (0 days 18 years old) who were normally resident in the LSCB area.

Child Death Notification

Child Death Overview Panel (pre October 2019) 
Child Death Notification


The Child Death Overview Panel was established in April 2008 and is a sub group of each Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The government requires each LSCB to carry out a review of all child deaths in their area, following the processes set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

The aim of CDOP is to look at the service provided by agencies to identify if there are gaps in the provision and to ensure that appropriate support and care have been put in place for the family following the childs death.

Where lessons can be learnt from individual cases, the panel will identify actions that need to occur and feedback to the agency concerned.

CDOP also has responsibility for identifying any themes that may occur in relation to child deaths and make recommendations about them.

Where the death is sudden and unexpected it is dealt with via a rapid response meeting which is attended by all professionals who have known the child. At this meeting professionals share relevant information about the circumstances leading to the childs death and identify who is going to offer bereavement support to the family/carer.

There is a fixed core membership on the CDOP, which is drawn from key organisations represented on the LSCB, including Public Health, the CCGs Designated Professional for safeguarding and rapid response,  Social Care, a designated Paediatrician and Child Health professional and the Police, The Panel meets quarterly to discuss the cases involved in confidence, and their findings are reported annually in a public report to the LSCB.

Rapid Response

This procedure applies when a child dies unexpectedly (birth up to 18th birthday, excluding babies stillborn), or where there is a lack of clarity about whether a death of a child is unexpected. An unexpected death is defined as the death of a child not anticipated as a significant possibility 24 hours before the death, or where there was a similarly unexpected collapse leading to or precipitating the event that led to the death.

The aim of the procedure is to ensure that the response is safe, consistent and sensitive to those concerned, including that bereaved parents and siblings receive similar approaches across London.

Following notification of a sudden unexpected and unexplained death a Rapid Response may be required. A designated safeguarding professional and police officer may undertake a home visit, assisted by Children’s Services Social Care where appropriate, to assess any additional factors that may help understand the circumstances/causes of death.

Rapid Responses Procedures – revised July 2015