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Child Death Overview Panel

Overall purpose of the Child Death Overview Panel

Through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of child deaths, Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board's Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) aims to better understand how and why children in Herefordshire die and to use these findings to take action to prevent child deaths and improve the health and safety of our children and young people.

In carrying out its activities the CDOP will meet the requirements set out in Regulation 6, of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006, made under section 14(2) of the Children Act 2004. The LSCB is responsible for: 

(a)    Collecting and analysing information about each death with a view to identifying:

  • Any case giving rise to the need for a Serious Case Review not previously identified
  • Any matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in Herefordshire
  • Any wider health, public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths in Herefordshire

(b)    Putting in place procedures for ensuring that there is a coordinated response by the authority, their Board partners and other relevant person to an unexpected death.

CDOP Annual report

Click the following link to read a copy of the latest CDOP annual reports:

CDOP Annual Report 2015-16

CDOP Annual Report 2016-17

CDOP Annual Report 2017-18

CDOP Forms (to be used from 1 April 2019)

Forms to help the child death overview panel (CDOP) assess the causes of a child’s death as part of the child death review process including:

CDOP and CDR Notification of Child Death form (Formerly Form A)

CDOP and CDR Child death reporting form (Formerly Form B)