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Child death overview panels: contacts

Contact details of the designated people in each in child death overview panel to whom child death notifications should be sent.

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Since 1 April 2008 all local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) are required to review the deaths of all children in their area, as outlined in chapter 5 of the 2013 guidance, ‘Working together to safeguard children.

The overall principle of the child death review process is to learn lessons and reduce the incidence of preventable child deaths in the future. It is a statutory requirement in the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 that each LSCB must make arrangements for the receipt of notifications from registrars and to publish those arrangements. The Coroners (Amendment) Rules 2008 also place a duty on coroners to inform an LSCB for the area in which the child died that there will be an inquest or post-mortem.

In addition, in order for LSCBs to fulfil their responsibilities for reviewing deaths, every LSCB should be informed of all deaths of children normally resident in its geographical area.

To assist those responsible for carrying out these tasks, contact details are provided for the child death overview panels in England.

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