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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.

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) and subsequent statutory guidance outlines changes to the bodies responsible and the process of safeguarding children and reviewing child deaths. The 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.

London Child Death Review workshops

North West London – 7 February 2019

South West London – 19 February 2019

East London – 25 February 2019

South East London – 11 March 2019

North Central London – date tbc

Healthy London Partnership is 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 their area.

The workshops will be led by Drs Ronny Cheung and Donal O’Sullivan, Clinical Director and Clinical Advisor for the HLP 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.

For further information and for details of how to register to attend a workshop, please see our Events page.

Tools, resources and shared learning

HLP has been developing 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 here shortly. The team will continue to meet with stakeholders across London to share thinking and best practice about child death reviews.

More information

The CDR Programme is led by Dr Ronny Cheung, Clinical Director, and Dr Donal O’Sullivan, Clinical Advisor. If you have any queries about the CDR Programme, please contact David McKinlay, Child Death Review Programme Manager at

Useful links

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 for those reviewing the deaths of those with learning disabilities is available here.

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.

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