When a child dies, child death review partners (clinical commissioning groups and local authorities) must make arrangements:
to conduct a child death review (CDR) to investigate the reasons for the death
for the analysis of information about deaths reviewed
These arrangements should also result in the establishment of a child death overview panel (CDOP) or equivalent to review the deaths of all children normally resident in the relevant local authority area, and if appropriate and agreed between partners, the deaths in that area of non-resident children.
We recommend that CDOP secretariats complete the forms on this page and submit them to the CDOP ahead of the CDR process to help this investigation.
The completed forms will help CDOPs:
collect information regarding the child deaths in their area in a consistent way
assess the causes of child deaths in their area
see if there are significant similarities between child deaths in their area and recommend how to prevent similar deaths in future
make arrangements to share results of local CDRs with the National Child Mortality Database from 1 April 2019
For every child death, the CDOP secretariat should:
fill in ‘Child death notification form’
ask the agency that has been involved in the CDR process to fill in:
‘Child death reporting form’
the relevant supplementary reporting forms (B2 to B13), depending on the cause of death
fill in ‘Child death analysis form’ so the CDOP can analyse the case
Forms A, B and C have been replaced with 'Child death nofitication', 'Child death reporting' and 'Child death analysis' respectively. The new versions have a different structure. Forms A1, D and E have been removed. Information on arrangements in respect of the forthcoming National Child Mortality Database has been added in 'National Child Mortality Database: transitional arrangements'. Ownership of the page has changed from the Department for Education to the Department of Health and Social Care.