Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The LSCB is responsible for ensuring that a review of each death of a child normally resident in the LSCB’s area is undertaken by a CDOP. The CDOP will have a fixed core membership drawn from organisations represented on the LSCB.
The functions of the CDOP include:
Reviewing all child deaths, excluding those babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law.
Collecting and collating information on each child and seeking relevant information from professionals and, where appropriate, family members.
Discussing each child's case, and providing relevant information or any specific actions related to individual families to those professionals who are involved directly with the family so that they, in turn, can convey this information in a sensitive manner to the family.
Determining whether the death was deemed preventable, that is, those deaths in which modifiable factors may have contributed to the death and decide what, if any, actions could be taken to prevent future such deaths.
Making recommendations to the LSCB or other relevant bodies promptly so that action can be taken to prevent future such deaths where possible.
Identifying patterns or trends in local data and reporting these to the LSCB.
Where a suspicion arises that neglect or abuse may have been a factor in the child's death, referring a case back to the LSCB Chair for consideration of whether an SCR is required.
Agreeing local procedures for responding to unexpected deaths of children.
Cooperating with regional and national initiatives - for example, with the National Clinical Outcome Review Programme - to identify lessons on the prevention of child deaths.
In reviewing the death of each child, the CDOP should consider modifiable factors, for example, in the family environment, parenting capacity or service provision, and consider what action could be taken locally and what action could be taken at a regional or national level.
How to Notify CDOP of a Child's Death
It is a statutory requirement to notify CDOP of all child deaths from birth up to their 18th birthday. If there are a number of agencies involved, liaison should take place to agree which agency will submit the Notification. However, unless you know someone else has done so, please notify CDOP with as much information as possible.
From 1st April 2019 we have moved to an electronic reporting system called eCDOP, to report all child deaths in Suffolk.
To notify Suffolk CDOP of a child death please access the new eCDOP reporting system at: https://www.ecdop.co.uk/NorfolkSuffolk/Live/Public
This link takes you straight to the “A. Notification of Child Death” form, which replaces the old “Form A”. You do not need a user name or password to access this form.
Please complete as much of the information requested as possible. Sections marked with a red Asterix are mandatory.
Once completed please press the submit button and you will see a message confirming that the form has been sent to CDOP. At this stage you also have the option to save a copy for your own records.
Please destroy any blank copies of the old Form A as they will no longer be accepted.
If you have any problems or queries regarding the new system, please contact the Suffolk CDOP Administrator, Helen Heaps on 01473 260662.
You can also contact the Child Death Overview Panel via email on CDOP_Suffolk@suffolk.gov.uk
CDOP Bereavement Support Directory
The Suffolk CDOP has developed this booklet for parents, carers and families who have been affected by the loss of a baby or child. This booklet is a ‘directory’ of services that can offer information, advice or support. Although it is not a definitive list, it may be a useful place to start. These services are available at any stage of a bereavement; whether recent or past. Many of these organisations have local offices or groups in Suffolk. Often, they are staffed by volunteers who have a personal experience of bereavement.
The booklet also explains how the Child Death Overview Panel works and what its role is in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children in Suffolk.
CDOP Local Newsletter
The Suffolk CDOP now publishes a newsletter, sharing key messages with the local community about child health, safety and wellbeing.
- CDOP Local Newsletter Spring Edition April 2017