Child death overview panel
The Child Death Overview Panel is responsible for reviewing and analysing the deaths of all children under the age of 18 who lived in Hertfordshire, with a view to:
reducing the number of child deaths
preventing accidents to children
identifying and understanding the patterns of childhood death
improving inter-agency practice in this very sensitive area
educating members of the public and professionals working with children
highlighting any matters of concern
identifying the need for a serious case review or partnership case review, for information, follow this link: serious case reviews
overseeing the process of conducting a rapid response meeting by a group of key professionals to enquire into and evaluate each unexpected death of a child.
Who's on the panel
The panel meets 6 times a year and is made up of professionals from a number of disciplines:
- health services
- the police
- social care
- a representative from the Coroner's Office
- a representative from the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Child death notifications
Following the death of a child, professionals should forward child death notifications (Form A) and core data collection forms (Forms B - B13) to the CDOP Officer. Please email or call 01992 556988 for more details.