Child Death Reviews

Child Death Reviews

All child deaths are reviewed with the aim to identify learning to prevent other children from dying. Child Deaths are reviewed by the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP). This is a joint panel across Durham and Darlington Safeguarding Partnerships.

The Panel is a sub-committee of both Durham and Darlington Safeguarding Partnerships and is accountable to the relevant Partnership.

Child Death Review Annual Report 2019/2020 [PDF Document]

Child Death Review Annual Report 2018/2019 [PDF Document]

Child Death Review Annual Report 2017/2018 [PDF Document]

Child Death Review Procedures [PDF Document]

Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance (England) [PDF Document]

NHS England Guidance - When a child dies - guidance for parents and carers [PDF Document]

Local Documents:

Management of Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood Procedure and Practice Guidance [PDF Document]

Notification of Child Death Form - Form A [Word Document]

Agency Report Form - Form B [Word Document]

Analysis Pro-Forma - Form C [Word Document]

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When a baby dies

The death of a baby is a tragedy that leaves families shocked, devastated and lost. The Lullaby Trust [External Link] knows the impact a sudden infant death can have on a family and has created the following booklets. These booklets aim to help explain the complex thoughts and feelings of grief as well as the practicalities of an infant bereavement. The booklets can be posted by Helpline staff or downloaded.

When a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly [PDF document] outlines the practical processes and arrangements that are necessary after the death of an infant, and some supportive information around grief and loss. The booklet also offers suggestions for supporting other children and family members.

When my baby died… parents tell their stories [PDF document] is a collection of writings by parents who have also experienced the sudden and unexpected death of their baby.

The child death review: a guide for parents and carers [PDF document]


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Winston’s Wish [external link] is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK.
They offer practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. Visit their website for more information.


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Child Bereavement UK [external link] supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Our vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives.

For support and information contact Child Bereavement UK on 0800 02 888 40.