Child Death Review programme
There is a national requirement that all child deaths are reviewed, for which there are approximately 700 each year in London.
Healthy London Partnership Child Death Review (CDR) Programme supports London CCGs and local authorities (Child Death Review Partners) and specifically those involved in Child Death Review Meetings (CDRMs) and Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs), to understand and meet the new requirements, maximise their impact in the prevention of child deaths, and learn lessons to improve services for children and their families. The programme is currently funded until July 2019.
Key dates include:
20 and 29 March 2019
NHS England will run two webinars (12:00 – 14:00 hours) to support understanding of the new child death review requirements which will take place.
To register, please contact NHS England at England.firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 April 2019
National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) goes live. Department of Health & Social Care transitional arrangements outline that data is required to be submitted on existing and new cases to NCMD from 1 April 2019. The existing data collection forms will also be changing.
29 June 2019
Local authorities & CCGs (new Child Death Review Partners) in England must publish their plans to meet the new requirements and submit them to NHS England at England.email@example.com.
29 September 2019
CDRPs in England must complete the transition to the new arrangements. After this date they must be compliant with the new statutory requirements.
2019 London Child Death Review workshops
We are running a series of workshops in London to bring together colleagues to discuss how the new Child Death Review process – and in particular the organisation of the new Child Death Review Meetings – will work in your area.
The workshops will be led by Drs Ronny Cheung and Donal O’Sullivan, Clinical Director and Clinical Advisor for the Healthy London Partnership Child Death Review Programme. The workshops will share initial considerations and learning from across London, provide an opportunity to work through practical child death review scenarios, and offer a forum for discussion.
- South West London – 19 February 2019
- East London – 25 February 2019
- North West London – 26 February 2019 (postponed from 7 February 2019)
- South East London – 11 March 2019
- North Central London – date tbc
Tools, resources and shared learning
- Information pack: We have developed an information pack to outline the background, challenges and considerations of the new requirements, the key dates and support available, to support local discussions. The document also includes an update on system progress across London as of February 2019.
- We are continuing to develop a number of tools, resources and eLearning programmes to support the Child Death Review Meetings and Child Death Overview Panels in their review of child deaths. Further information will be available shortly. The team will continue to meet with stakeholders across London to share thinking and best practice about child death reviews.
Memorandum of Understanding with London Coroner
We have worked with HM Coroner for Inner South London Dr Andrew Harris, and colleagues from health and police across South East London to agree a single pathway to guide health professionals in the aftermath of managing the unexpected death of a child. This includes a memorandum of understanding from the Coroner’s officer pre-authorising certain processes after the death of a child; guidance for practitioners on statutory processes; and resources for bereavement support.
While it carries legal weight only within the Inner South London jurisdiction of Coroner Harris, we would encourage other areas to work with their stakeholders (coroners, police, hospital and community trusts, ambulance services) to use this as a template and develop and agree their own local versions in order to reduce the unnecessary variation in practice after a child’s death.
If you have any queries about the CDR Programme, please email David McKinlay, Child Death Review Programme Manager.
The CDR Programme is led by Dr Ronny Cheung, Clinical Director, and Dr Donal O’Sullivan, Clinical Advisor.
- Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance (England)
- Working Together to Safeguard Children: Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- Working Together: transitional guidance – Statutory guidance for Local Safeguarding Children Boards, local authorities, safeguarding partners, child death review partners, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
- Child death reviews: forms for reporting child deaths – Forms to help child death overview panels (CDOPs) assess the causes of a child’s death as part of the child death review process
- eCDOP online recording, casework and reporting software for child deaths
- Learning from deaths: Guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers
- The Children and Social Care Act 2017.
Related national programmes
- The National Child Mortality Database aims to reduce premature mortality by analysing data on all deaths in children in England, aged between birth and their 18th birthday
- The Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK) programme investigates the deaths of women and their babies during or after childbirth
- The National Mortality Case Record Review programme aims to provide a standardised approach to the review of people who have died and support system-wide learning
- The Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR), aims to standardise the reviews of people who have died with a learning disability and support system-wide learning. eLearning is available for those reviewing the deaths of those with learning disabilities
- The Perinatal Mortality Reporting Tool programme aims to provide a standardised approach to perinatal mortality reviews across NHS maternity and neonatal units in England, Scotland and Wales.