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What is a Child Death Overview Panel?

The death of all children under the age of 18 must be reviewed by a Child Death Overview Panel on behalf of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. The Child Death Overview Panels are groups of professionals who meet several times a year to review all the child deaths in their area. The Panel is not given the names of any children who died; all the details are dealt with anonymously. The main purpose is to learn how to prevent future deaths.

The Panels make recommendations and report on the lessons learned to the Local Safeguarding Children Board. The Board produces an annual report which is a public document. Anyone can read the report, but it contains no details that could identify an individual child or their family.


Who is on the Panel?

The Panel has representatives from:

  • Public health

  • Local child health and social care services

  • Police

Other professionals may be invited to give specialist advice where needed.

Local Safeguarding Children Board

The Board makes sure any recommendations made by the Panel are sent to those with responsibility for taking them forward. In a small number of child deaths, the Board may decide it is necessary to conduct a more detailed investigation called a Serious Case Review.


Related Documents

NEW -  CDOP Annual Report 2014/15

This report details the work of the Panel during 2014/15. Having been established for seven years the Bradford CDOP is able to identify emerging trends and themes in the data which enables CDOP to make more meaningful recommendations - CDOP Annual Report - 2014/15


Protocol for the Death of a Child under 18 years of age (Bradford and Airedale Hospitals) Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood (SUDIC) - click here to download (Word Document)

The Child Death Review: A guide for parents and carers - click here to download (PDF Document)

Child Death Overview Panel Executive Summary 2008-2010 - Click here to view


Child Death Alert for Bradford

A small number of deaths in young babies have occurred in the Bradford area in the past few years where babies and or toddlers have been left in a bath unattended. There have also been a number of similar cases around the country. There are potentially more ‘near misses’ of which we are not notified - read more here