From April 2008 the law requires that all children’s deaths must be reviewed by the local Safeguarding Children Board Child Death Overview Panel.

The aim of the panel is to conduct child death reviews, collect and review information about the deaths of all children in a particular area in order to:

  • Identify whether there are any patterns or trends of child deaths emerging locally
  • Identify lessons that can be learned from these patterns or trends
  • Take action to improve the safety and wellbeing of children in the area

The panel meets several times a year and all information is strictly confidential and treated with sensitivity and respect.

The panel is chaired by a representative of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board and includes health professionals and representatives from the local authority and the police.  Find further information here about the Child Death Overview Panel Terms of Reference & membership

The remit of the CDOP also includes a Rapid Response function. The Rapid Response process includes a group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into, and evaluating, the unexpected death of a child. Professionals involved in this process provide initial support to the family and help to inform the subsequent CDOP review process.

Notification of a child death to the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board

Any agency/professional becoming aware of:

  • A child death occurring in Croydon; or
  • A death of a normally resident Croydon child occurring elsewhere

should make a notification to the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) / Child Death Review Coordinator

Lauren East

Telephone - 0208 604 7392

Notification should be made on Form A – Notification of Child Death
Following notification of the death of a child, the coordinator will establish which agencies and professionals have been involved with the child or family either prior to or at the time of death by contacting the lead professionals in each agency.

The Agency Form B  will then be sent by the designated person to the lead professional in each agency and to any professionals known to have been involved for completion.

Professionals receiving a Form B for completion should retrieve the agency’s case records for the child or other family members and complete on the form any information known to them or their organisation or alternatively forward a summary of the agency’s case records to the coordinator within the requested time (usually 10-14 days).


The Croydon CDOP is based at:

Bernard Weatherill House

4th Floor

8 Mint Walk

Telephone:0208 604 7392


Fax: 0208 256 3505


Related Information:

CDOP Annual Report 2017-18

CSCB CDOP TOR August 2015

CSCB Rapid Response Flowchart Final August 2015

CSCB Child Death Review Flow chart August 2015

CSCB Rapid Response TOR August 2015

CSCB Rapid Response Agenda August 2015

CSCB Bereavement Leaflet 2017

Lullaby Trust  - Bereavement Guidance For Parents


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