Helping to keep children and young people safe in Derby and Derbyshire
The Child Death Overview Panel is a group of professionals and leaders from Health, Public Health, Police and Childrens Social Care who have a statutory responsibility under Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Child Death Review: Statutory and Operational Guidance (2018) to review all deaths of children from birth to the 18th birthday who are residents of Derby and Derbyshire.
The aims of the panel are to:
The panel meets after all the information about the death has been gathered through the child death review process. The panel is a confidential forum, the cases are anonymised however each child is discussed individually and the panel seek to learn from each child death.
Any learning is shared with practitioners and their organisations both locally and nationally.
Derby and Derbyshire CDOP welcome the views of parents and carers and ensure the voices of the child and family are heard during the panel.
The statutory child death notification form is the most important form in the child death review process. Not only does it notify CDOP of the child death, but when completed well, provides a comprehensive list of all the professionals who cared for the child during their life (or mother in pregnancy) and immediately after their death. This enables the co-ordinator to carry out the rest of the process, without it, gathering information is very challenging.
Please provide details of key professionals on the notification form.
To submit a notification for a Derbyshire child death click on: https://www.ecdop.co.uk/Derbyshire/Live/Public.
You do not need an eCDOP log in to submit a child death notification.
After a child dies, organisations such as schools, social care, GPs are notified.
The Child Death Review process takes the following steps:
NHS England has published a guide for families setting out the steps that follow the death of a child; When a Child Dies: A Guide for Parents and Carers.
A Joint Agency Response (JAR) is when key professionals from: Health Services, Police and Childrens Social Care come together following the unexpected death of a child.
An unexpected death is defined as the death of an infant or child that was not anticipated as a significant possibility 24 hours before the death. It also includes situations where there was a community based unexpected collapse or incident leading to, or precipitating, the child’s eventual death.
A Joint Agency response only happens where the child’s death is:
The aim of the JAR is to:
A Child Death Review Meeting (CDRM) is a meeting of the professionals directly involved in the child’s care during their life or who may have taken part in the investigation following their death.
The Child Death Review Meeting takes place once all the information surrounding the death has been gathered and is usually held within three months of the child's death. It usually takes place in the hospital where the child died or in a community setting (such as a GP surgery). The meeting may be delayed if there are ongoing investigations or if the post-mortem report takes a long time to complete.
If bereaved families have any questions or would like to raise any issues, these can be shared with the allocated key worker or with the Lead Nursed for Child Death reviews, so that their voices can be heard at the Child Death Review Meeting. Families can also be offered a follow-up meeting to receive feedback of what was discussed.
If parents or carers would like to ask any questions about the child death review process or CDOP please contact Kayleigh Noble - Lead Nurse for Child Death Review (details below)
If you think you need some support, this website provides information and links to organisations offering free services for bereaved people (of all ages) in Derby City and Derbyshire. http://derbyshirebereavementhub.co.uk
A priority for Derby and Derbyshire safeguarding children's partnership and CDOP is the safety of babies. The Three Steps for Baby Safety Partnership Strategy is a researched based strategy to promote the safety of babies through a multi-agency approach and to deliver consistent clear messages on:
Derby and Derbyshire CDOP Annual Report
The findings from child deaths are used to inform local strategic planning on how to best safeguard and reduce harm in children and to promote better outcomes for our children in the future.
National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) Reports
The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) gathers information on all children who die across England. The aim is to learn lessons that could lead to changes to improve and save children’s lives in the future. Further information can be found on the website www.ncmd.info
The Lead Nurse for Child Death Review produces regular newsletters promoting learning from CDOP.
Chair of CDOP/Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children
The role of CDOP Chair is to:
Designated Doctor for Child Death
Dr Nic Medd
The Designated Doctor is:
Lead Nurse for Child Death Reviews in Derby & Derbyshire
The Lead Nurse works in collaboration with the Chair of CDOP/Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children & the Designated Doctor for Child Death in the implementation, co-ordination and day-to-day management of the child death review process.
Taking the lead by:
01332 623700 ext 31526