Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The death of a child is a very difficult time
for parents, families and carers. As professionals working with the
Worcestershire Child Death Overview Panel, we recognise this and
extend our sympathies to all bereaved families.
What is a review and why is it needed?
Government legislation requires that every
Local Safeguarding Children Board has a Child Death Overview Panel
to review the death of every child and young person from their
By doing so we may find ways of doing things
differently that will help children and families in the future.
How does a review happen?
Information about your child and how they died
is collected and summarised in a report.
The information comes from records held by
Hospitals, GPs, Health Professionals, Schools, Police, Children’s
Social Care, Education and other agencies who may have known your
The report also includes some information
about your family circumstances so that the Panel can ensure you
are being supported appropriately.
The Child Death Overview Panel includes
Doctors, other Health Specialists, Children’s Services and the
Police who meet regularly.
They will look at the circumstances of your
child’s death and will decide whether to recommend any changes or
improvement to services for children that might prevent similar
deaths in the future.
Any recommendations are passed on to the
organisations that are responsible for planning and managing
services for children locally, as well as to other relevant
What happens when your child’s death is reviewed?
Your Child Death Overview Panel will be
informed of your child’s death and when all of the information has
been collected they will be given information about what
It will take some months before all the
information is ready as the Panel will wait until all
investigations have been completed.
The information gathered is treated with the
greatest respect and in strictest confidence.
The information provided is anonymised so the
Panel will not know your child’s or your family’s identity and we
promise that none of our findings, recommendations or reports will
name or identify your child or family.
Lessons learned and recommendations made will
be included in our Annual Report which can be found on this
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This page was last reviewed 27 November 2013 at 15:32.
The page is next due for review 26 May 2015.