Child Deaths

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From April 2008 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards have had a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies. The procedures to be followed are set out in Working Together 2015  to Safeguard Children.

There are two interrelated processes for reviewing child deaths (either of which can trigger a serious case review):

  1. Rapid response by a group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating each unexpected death of a child; and
  2. An overview of all child deaths (under 18 years) in the local safeguarding children board (LSCB) area(s), undertaken by a panel.

Child death overview panels (CDOPs) are responsible for reviewing information on all child deaths, and are accountable to the LSCB Chair.

The SUDI and SUDC Protocols have been reviewed and merged to form a Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDiC) Protocol (2015).


Liverpool Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

All initial notifications are forwarded to the CDOP Team via the Sentinel secure web-based system. Agency representatives have been trained in how to access and input into the Agency Report form on the system. Ongoing training is available when necessary.

Merseyside CDOP is chaired by Jane Harvey Consultant in Public Health for Wirral.

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Annual Report

Merseyside CDOP compiles an annual report and quarterly reports that are distributed across the participating LSCB’s. The information from quarterly reports is combined to form the annual report. All CDOP reports are fully anonymised and no individual child is identified.


Merseyside CDOP Newsletter

First Edition of Merseyside CDOP Newsletter


Merseyside CDOP Briefing Sessions

The work of the CDOP was highlighted at monthly CDOP briefing sessions that commenced in June 2014. The sessions were held across Merseyside and further are to be arranged in the near future.


Contact Details

CDOP Team
Gerard Majella Courthouse
Boundary Street
Liverpool
L5 2QD

Irene Wright, Merseyside CDOP Manager – 0151 233 1151
Helen Fleming-Scott, Merseyside CDOP Administrator – 0151 233 5412