Child Death

The death of a child is a devastating loss that profoundly affects all of those involved. It is important for parents, families and practitioners to understand what has happened and whether there are any lessons to be learnt.

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

The process of systematically reviewing the deaths of children is grounded in the respect of rights of children and their families with the intention of learning what happened and why and preventing future child deaths.

Child death review partners are local authorities and any clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in the local area. The purpose of the review is to identify any matters relating to the death, or deaths, that are relevant to the welfare of children in the area or to public health and safety, and to consider whether action should be taken in relation to any matter identified.

The Designated Doctor for child deaths, who is a lead senior paediatrician, takes a lead role in the process in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children .


The CDOP has representatives from: Public Health; Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children; Designated Doctor for Unexpected Child Deaths (Chair); Hampshire Constabulary; Children’s Services: Education and Social Care; Isle of Wight Ambulance Service; Isle of Wight NHS Trust Midwifery Services; Coroners Office. Other professionals may be invited to give specialist advice when required.

Each child death is discussed anonymously, and information is collected and reviewed with the view to identifying:

  • Any case giving rise to the need for a review mentioned in Regulation 5(1) (e) of the Local Safeguarding Children Board Regulations 2006
  • Any matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in the area of authority
  • Any wider public health or safety concern arising from a particular death or from a pattern in that area

The 4LSCB CDOP produces an annual report detailing any recommendations and lessons learnt during the previous year. The annual report is a public document and therefore it does not contain information that could identify an individual child or their family.

2017/18 4LSCB CDOP Annual Report


CDOP must be notified within 24 hours of a child’s death. Any professional involved with the child should complete Notification of Child Death (Form A)  and email this to . A Child Death Reporting Form (Form B)  will be requested from CDOP members and any additional agencies involved. It should be completed and returned to the same email address. There are also further forms (B2-B13) to be completed depending on the cause of death.

Rapid Response

When a child dies unexpectedly, a Rapid Response procedure is initiated by key professionals. This is a coordinated response to accurately investigate the circumstances regarding the child’s death and ensure the family is supported.

A professionals information leaflet to explain the rapid response process is in development. Training is offered on an annual basis and is available through the IOWSCP training programme.

Parents and Carers

An information leaflet is available for families that explains what CDOP is.
There is also an information leaflet that explains what Rapid Response is.

Worried About A Child?

If you are worried about a child or young person, please contact:

Children’s Reception Team
(IOW Social Care)

To make a safeguarding referral use the inter agency referral form (this is the preferred method for making a referral) Professionals ONLY phone number: 0300 300 0901


If there is immediate danger call 999