Each death of a child is a tragedy, families should be treated with sensitivity, discretion and respect at all times, and professionals should approach their enquiries with an open mind.
Stockport, Tameside and Trafford LSCBs agreed to form a tri-partite panel for the purpose of reviewing the deaths of children resident in these three areas. The Panel will have a core membership comprising representatives from the relevant disciplines across the three local authority areas (that is, there is not a representative from each discipline from each authority).
The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is responsible for reviewing information from a range of sources, including those who were involved in the care of the child, both before and immediately after the child’s death, with a view to identifying:
- matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in the tri partite area, including any case where the panel are of the view that a serious case review may have been appropriate. Where such a case is referred back the relevant LSCB chair will be the final arbiter.
- general public health or safety concerns arising from the deaths of children.
The purpose of the CDOP is to: