Child Death Review Process (eCDOP)

What is the child death review process?


Since 1 April 2008 Local Safeguarding Children Boards have been required to review the deaths of all children in their area. The regulations are outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018: Chapter 5.

The purpose of the child death review process is to collect and analyse information from known agencies about the death of each child who normally resides in Kirklees with a view to identifying any matters of concern affecting the health, safety, or welfare of children, or any wider public health concerns.


New process for reporting a child death

The Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board will be asking for all notifcations to be made through a new secure online portal.
Please use the following link to access the secure site and make a notification.   

Child Death Notification

 eCDOP Flyer for professionals 

What is the rapid response team and the Process for rapid Response?

The Rapid Response Team is a core group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating each unexpected death of a child. An unexpected death is defined as the death of a child that was not anticipated as a significant possibility 24 hours before the death.

Flowchart: Process for rapid response to the unexpected death of a child

Who evaluates child deaths?

Data is presented to the Child Death Overview Panel which meets every two months.  The panel looks at aspects of each individual case, and the professional agencies that have had involvement, ensuring a thorough investigation of each case to identify

Who sits on the Kirklees Child Death Overview Panel?

The panel is made up of senior representatives from a range of agencies including: 
Public Health
Consultant in Public Health
Serious Case Review Officer: West Yorkshire Police
H.M Coroners Office
Consultant Paediatrician: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Calderdale Royal Hospital, and Dewsbury District Hospital
Assistant Director for Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults: NHS Kirklees 
Matron for Maternity Services 

The panel has the option of co-opting a professional if their specialism is appropriate to a particular case.

Contact information

If you would like more information on the child death review process in Kirklees please contact

Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board
Tel: 01484 225450

Further Information

The Child Death Review - a guide for parents and carers

Sudden Infant & Early Childhood Death (SIDS) and Co-sleeping

Bereavement Support Services for Kirklees & Calderdale

Details of organisations offering bereavement support services in Kirklees and Calderdale.
Posted 1 February 2013

CDOP Newsletter

Issue 3 - February 2017

Issue 2 - June 2016

Issue 1 - August 2015





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