Guidance

Child death data collection: guide to submitting data

How local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) should gather information to complete the annual child death data collection.

The child death data collection is a statutory collection that all local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) must complete by law each May.

You must report all child death reviews that occurred in your region during the last financial year (1 April to 31 March) and record details of:

  • all completed child death cases that your local child death overview panel (CDOP) has signed off
  • all ongoing CDOP reviews
  • all serious case reviews associated with completed CDOP reviews
  • notifications of deaths of children normally resident in your region, but who died in another LSCB area

You should not record still births and abortions in this collection.

LSCBs are responsible for improving the overall wellbeing of children in their local-authority area. They include representatives from children’s services, police, district councils and NHS trusts.

The child death review policy transferred from the Department for Education to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in July 2018. This means that NHS Digital will become responsible for the collection and publication of this data. NHS Digital will provide any updated guidance on collecting and submitting data on their website.

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 24 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated the deadlines for the 2017 data collection.
  2. Clarified the process LSCBs need to follow to submit their data and updated contact details.
  3. Added 2016 LSBC1 guide and forms and updated collection dates.
  4. Updated with the deadline for 2015.
  5. First published.