Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 Chapter 5 (PDF, 2.23MB) – sets out the role and function of the Child Death Review Process. It includes the collection and collation of data following the death of a child and consideration as to whether any modifiable factors could have reduced risk. The learning gathered is an essential process for the CDOP, and is used to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for strategic planning purposes to support effective service delivery.
Working Together 2018 and the accompanying transition document requires Child Death Review partners (Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Groups) to publish their Child Death Review arrangements. Cheshire West and Chester are signed up to the Pan Cheshire Child Death Overview Arrangements as set below. Accompanying the document is the Pan Cheshire Child Death Overview Panel terms of reference
Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants and Children Guidelines
The SUDIC Proforma & Guidelines 2019 (PDF, 3.28MB) – this guidance provides a framework for the investigation and care of families after an unexpected death of an infant or child.
Child Death Process/Pathway
This CDOP 7 Minute Summary provides a useful at a glance overview so that you know what your responsibilities are in relation to notifying of a child death.
Form A – Child Death Notification Form 2015 (MS Word, 71KB) – to be completed by the professional (Dr, nurse, paramedic, police etc) as soon as possible after the child’s death. Copies should be forwarded to the: Coroner, CDOP admin/co-ordinator, GP, lead safeguarding nurse, SUDIC Paediatrician, Social Services, on-call paediatrician’s secretary and the HV Liaison.
Form B – Agency Report Form 2015 (MS Word, 392KB)– This is the form sent out to all agencies involved with a child and family. This is an essential process for the CDOP, as the information gathered is used to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and for strategic planning purposes to support effective service delivery.
The Pan-Cheshire Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) Annual Report 2016 – 2017 has now been approved and published by the LSCB.