​​​Child Death Review



PLEASE NOTE THE TEES CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROJECT NOW HAS A DEDICATED WEBSITE WHICH HAS THE MOST UPDATED INFORMATION ON www.tees-cdrp.org.uk

Since 1st April 2008 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards(LSCB) in England and Wales are required to have in place a Rapid Response Process (RRP) and a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), as outlined in Chapter 7, Working Together to Safeguard Children (updated 2010).

LSCBs are responsible for collecting and analysing information about all the deaths of children and young people (up to the age of 18 years) in their area. This information will identify patterns and trends, enabling specific action, which may prevent some deaths in the future. The Tees Child Death Review Project, managed by Redcar & Cleveland SCB on behalf of the LSCBs covering Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, and Stockton, provides a dedicated service to ensure the statutory requirements relating to child death review functions are implemented. 

CDOPs must collect and analyse information about each death with a view to identifying:
" Cases giving rise to the need for a Serious Case Review.
" Matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children throughout Tees.
" Consider any wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death, or a pattern of deaths.

The CDOP does not take over from the work of the Coroner, LSCB, Police, Health, Social Care or any other agency undertaking investigation of serious untoward incidents.
The Overall principles of the Child Death Review Processes are that, in all cases, enquiries should seek to understand the reasons for the childs death, address the possible needs of other children in the household, the needs of family members, and also consider any lessons to be learnt about how best to safeguard and promote childrens welfare in the future. Families should be treated with sensitivity, discretion and respect at all times.

For further details about Child Death Review functions please contact the Child Death Review Team.

The following powerpoint has been developed for use in staff or team briefings to ensure that all staff are aware of their role in Child Death Reviews around unexpected deaths. For more information see also the inter agency protocol on responding to unexpected deaths or visit www.tees-cdrp.org.uk for more information.


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