Child Death Review

The death of every child is a tragedy, and since April 2008 there has been a legal requirement for every Local Safeguarding Children Board to review all child deaths to see whether we can learn lessons in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of children.  This process, which takes place at the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) applies to all children and involves professionals who have been involved with a child’s care.

The purpose of the review is to:

  • Reduce the number of childhood deaths
  • Identify matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children
  • Identify wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths
  • Undertake a co-ordinated agency response to all unexpected deaths of children

Notification of a child death to the LSCB

Any agency becoming aware of:

  • a child death occurring in Somerset
  • a death of a normally resident Somerset child occurring elsewhere

should make a notification using the Form A – Notification of a Child Death (below) to the Child Death Administrator from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board on:

Zoe Hiett – ZHiett@somerset.gov.uk or 01823 357178

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