Introduction

Each death of a child is a tragedy for his or her family, and subsequent
enquiries/investigations should keep an appropriate balance between forensic and medical requirements and the family’s need for support.

A minority of unexpected deaths are the consequence of abuse or neglect or are found to have abuse or neglect as an associated factor. Across the Luton and Bedfordshire, all statutory agencies are committed to working together to conduct coordinated enquiries. For the latest information please download the 2016 CDOP Newsletter and CDOP Report 2014 to 2015.

Government legislation since April 2008 require LSCB’s to review the death of every child (from 0 up to the age of 18) in the area. This reflects the need to learn any lessons that may help to reduce child deaths in the future.

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The Panel

The Child Death Overview Panel meets every six weeks and all child deaths are reviewed and it is responsible for collecting and analysing information about the death of every child under 18 years in Luton and Bedfordshire with a view to:

– Identifying any matters of concern affecting the safety & welfare of children in the area.

– Identify any wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or pattern of deaths the area.

– Identifying any case that should be considered as a Serious Case Review.

It also has the job of overseeing the process of conducting a rapid response by a group of key professionals to enquire into and evaluate each unexpected death of a child.

Information for Parents

As stated above, the death of any child is a tragedy. It is vital that all child deaths are carefully reviewed, so that we may learn as much as possible from them, to try to prevent future deaths, and to support families.

Each death of a child is a tragedy for his or her family, and subsequent enquiries/investigations should keep an appropriate balance between forensic and medical requirements and the family’s need for support. A minority of unexpected deaths are the consequence of abuse or neglect or are found to have abuse or neglect as an associated factor. Across the Luton and Bedfordshire, all statutory agencies are committed to working together to conduct coordinated enquiries. For the latest information please download the CDOP Newsletter 2016 and CDOP Report 2014 to 2015.

Government legislation since April 2008 require LSCB’s to review the death of every child (from 0 up to the age of 18) in the area. This reflects the need to learn any lessons that may help to reduce child deaths in the future.

Further information can be obtained from:
CDOP Contact Details: Karis Venables Child Death Overview Process Manager – 01525 864430 ext 5878

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) Processes and Procedures: CDOP Procedures January 2016

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) Annual report 2014-15: CDOP Annual Report

Bedfordshire CDOP Information Sheet August 2017: Information Sheet August 2017

CDOP – FAQ’s

How does the CDOP define child death categories?

Neonatal Death
Death of a baby within the first 28 days of life

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)
Sudden death of an infant under the age of 1year which was not anticipated by any professional in the 24hours prior to the event which lead to the death

Unexpected Death
A death which was not anticipated as a significant possibility for example 24 hours before the death
or
Where there was a similarly unexpected collapse or incident leading or precipitating the events which led to the death

Expected Death
Death of a child with a known life limiting condition.

Who sits on the CDOP panel?

  • Independent Chair Director of Public Health in Luton
  • 2 Lead Paediatricians for Child Death Reviews
  • Designated Nurses for Safeguarding Children
  • Police
  • Representatives from Children’s Social Care in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire & Luton
  • Ambulance Service
  • LSCB Business Managers
  • Child Death Review Nurse for Luton
  • Public Health representative
  • CDOP Manager
  • Lay member

How can I find out more about the CDOP?

Multi-agency CDOP information awareness sessions are available for Luton Health Care professionals and Social Workers. Please contact bedfordshire-cdopmanager@nhs.net for further information.