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Child Deaths & CDOP

Child Deaths & the Child Death Overview Panel

The OSCB is charged under the Children’s Act 2004 to establish a Child Death Overview Process (CDOP), which includes a Rapid Response function and the CDOP. The Rapid Response Process, (RRP) is a group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into, and evaluating, the unexpected death of a child. Professionals involved in this process provide initial support to the family and help to inform the subsequent CDOP review process. An explanation of the CDOP process can be found in the Procedures Manual.

Deaths of all children, up to the age of 18 years, need to be reviewed, taking into account all available information for each death. The principles underlying the review of all child deaths are:

Every child’s death is a tragedy for the family and for the wider community. By reviewing child deaths we can learn lessons to prevent future child deaths. Joint agency working draws on the skills and particular responses of each professional group. Child Death Reviews should lead to positive action to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The overarching goal of this process is to reduce the number of child deaths. The review aims to ensure that there is a full understanding of the events leading to the child’s death. The recommendations arising from a review should lead to improved services for children and their families, both at local and national level.

In Oxfordshire the CDOP panel includes professionals from Health and Social Care, the Police, Ambulance Service, Bereavement Support, lay members and the Coroner’s office and is chaired by a representative of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. For specialist advice, additional professionals are co-opted to join the panel. The CDOP meets bi-monthly. On concluding each review, the panel makes recommendations which can include matters affecting the safety and welfare of children in Oxfordshire and wider public health concerns.

Any member of the community, ie family members, can complete and submit a Form A notification. Oxfordshire CDOP has d an electronic system to coordinate the CDOP process.  The requirement to report all child deaths in Oxfordshire remains the same, and the link to complete and submit a Form A notification can be found on the link below:

public notification link

Please contact the email address below, if you have any concerns regarding CDOP: