Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

All Local Safeguarding Children Boards have had a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies. The procedures to be followed are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together 2018 to Safeguard Children.

The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is a Committee of the Safeguarding Children Board and is chaired by the Director of Public Health.

CDOPs functions include:

  • reviewing all child deaths up to the age of 18, excluding those babies who are stillborn and planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law;
  • collecting and collating information on each child and seeking relevant information from professionals and, where appropriate, family members;
  • discussing each child’s case, and providing relevant information or any specific actions related to individual families to those professionals who are involved directly with the family so that they, in turn, can convey this information in a sensitive manner to the family;
  • determining whether the death was deemed preventable, that is, those deaths in which modifiable factors may have contributed to the death and decide what, if any, actions could be taken to prevent future such deaths;
  • making recommendations to the LSCB or other relevant bodies promptly so that action can be taken to prevent future such deaths where possible;
  • identifying patterns or trends in local data and reporting these to the LSCB;
  • where a suspicion arises that neglect or abuse may have been a factor in the child’s death, referring a case back to the LSCB Chair for consideration of whether an SCR is required;
  • agreeing local procedures for responding to unexpected deaths of children; and
  • co-operating with regional and national initiatives – for example, with the National Clinical Outcome Review Programme – to identify lessons on the prevention of child deaths.

Leaflet for Parent and Carers

Public Health England – Guidance on the prevention of drowning :  A summary guidance providing key issues around keeping children safe around water

Safe sleep campaign

This campaign was launched to remind parents of the risks of sleeping in the same bed with their babies and to promote safer sleep.

Things you can do

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months

Things to avoid

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

For more information contact:

The Lullaby Trust
Phone: 020 7802 3200

Bereavement Support
Phone: 0808 802 6868


Sepsis, also known as Septicaemia or Blood poisoning, occurs when the body reacts to an infection attacking its own organs and tissues.  If not identified, and treated quickly, it can lead to organ failure or death.

For more information visit Sepsistrust


This asthma toolkit aims to support healthcare professionals, schools, parents, carers, children and young people in London and we encourage you to explore the whole site.  It is intended to help organisations implement London’s asthma ambitions and London’s asthma standards for children and young people

London Asthma Toolkit


 Updated:  November 2017