Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

What is the CDOP?

Since 1 April 2008, it has been mandatory for all Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) to ensure that a review of the death of any child or young person, who normally resides in their LSCB area, is undertaken by a multi-agency Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP). This remit applies to expected or unexpected child deaths (less than 18 years old) even if these children die abroad or in another LSCB area.  Exemptions are stillborn babies and lawfully planned terminations.

The role of the panel is to collate and analyse relevant information, through the following 2 separate but interrelated processes (either of which can trigger a serious case review):

  • The rapid response process starts at the point of the unexpected death of a child and ends with the completed report to the CDOP panel. It involves a group of key professionals, coming together soon after the death, to share information for the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating the circumstances surrounding the death. The professionals include the Coroner and Police, Hospital Consultant Paediatricians, local Ambulance Paramedics, Children’s Social Care, Designated Doctor for Child Deaths; Public Health and any other agencies involved with the child or family e.g. Health Visitors, School/Youth staff, General Practitioners.

Collaborative action is taken to ensure the bereaved are supported and if necessary protect any vulnerable child/family or members of the public. Where neglect or abuse is suspected to be a factor in the child’s death, the CDOP is to refer the case to the LSCB Chair for consideration of whether a Serious Case Review (SCR) is required.

  • The CDOP review process is where a core multi-agency Panel meet bi-monthly, to undertake a comprehensive review of information on each expected or unexpected child death, once all the relevant information, for example inquests or investigation reports are available to enable review.

These reviews help to understand how and why children die, identify any modifiable factors, learn lessons, and to enable action to be taken in order to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of children and facilitate a public health approach to potentially preventable deaths.

For more information about the role and responsibilities of the CDOP, please view the Terms of Reference.

Full details of the CDOP and its functions are outlined in:

Who are the CDOP members?

The Panel members include:

  • the Chair, who is the Redbridge Director of Public Health (Acting);
  • the Designated Consultant Paediatrician for Child Deaths;
  • senior agency leads from NHS provider services BHRUT and NELFT and from the commissioner, Redbridge CCG;
  • a Detective Inspector (DI) Safeguarding – from Metropolitan Police Service (MPS, East Area Basic Command Unit (BCU);
  • a Team Manager from LBR Redbridge Children’s Social Care;
  • senior manager representatives from local children’s hospices; and
  • the LSCB Business Manager.

Additional members may be co-opted for particular types of death or from additional agencies to whom a child is known (e.g. Early Years Provider; School; etc.).

What is the notification process?

All deaths of children and young people aged under 18 are reviewed by CDOP.  To notify the CDOP of the death of a child usually resident in Redbridge, please complete Form A on the eCDOP System within 24 hours using the link below:

If you experience any problems with submitting a notification via the link above, please contact the CDOP Administrator via 020 8708 3455 or e-mail nem-tr.CDOP@nhs.net.

What happens then?

Following notification of the death of a child, the CDOP Co-ordinator will establish which agencies and professionals have been involved with the child or family, either prior to or at the time of the death.  Any agencies  who are required to be involved in the review process will receive a request via e-mail to complete a Form B on the eCDOP System.

A review will take place at a forthcoming CDOP meeting.  In the case of unexpected deaths, these will be considered via a Rapid Response Meeting ahead of being presented to the CDOP.

Under Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, arrangements will change and a new review process put in place by June 2019.  New HM Government Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance, published in October 2018, will be implemented by June 2019.

CDOP Contact Information

The Co-ordinator to the Redbridge Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) and Single Point of Contact (SPOC) can be contacted via:

Address:  CDOP, Lynton House, 3rd Floor (Rear), 255-259 High Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1NN.

Telephone:  020 8708 3455                Mobile:  07701 295120                Email:  nem-tr.CDOP@nhs.net

The CDOP Administrator can be contacted via 020 8708 5961 or via nem-tr.CDOP@nhs.net