This research informs the introduction of the new child death overview panels, as originally set out in 'Working together to safeguard children' (2006) and introduced and developed by local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs). The research focused on the evaluation of establishing systems, data collection, data analysis and outputs from child death review processes.
Although the death of a child has always been a tragedy for the family and society in general, the concept of reviewing individual child deaths in a systematic way is a relatively recent development.
The overall aim of this DCSF commissioned study was to inform the introduction of the new child death review processes. The research team investigated and evaluated the utility of the new processes set out in Working Together to determine the experience of authorities in implementing the child death review processes, together with estimates of costs.
The project involved a questionnaire survey of a sample of 60 (42%) of Local Safeguarding Children Board chairs. Case studies were undertaken in 9 of the 60 sites.