Croydon Child Death Review Planned New Arrangements
Working Together 2018 has updated the Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance, new arrangements are in place from September 2019 and will replace the current Croydon CDOP, which are in place until that time.
Planned new arrangements – under the new guidance, Croydon is part of the South West London Child Death Overview Panel (SWL CDOP), along with neighbouring Boroughs Sutton, Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond and Kingston. All children who are residents of Croydon when they die will have their deaths reviewed at the SWL CDOP. Prior to this they will have a joint agency response if the criteria is met, followed by a child death review meeting. The joint agency response is the responsibility of the designated doctor for child death reviews, who will also chair the subsequent Child Death Review Meeting.
Croydon CDOP to Sept 2019
From April 2008 the law requires that all children’s deaths must be reviewed by the local 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 local area
The panel meets monthly and all information is strictly confidential and treated with sensitivity and respect. The panel is chaired by the Director of Public Health and membership includes health professionals, 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, which should be held within 5 working days of the death. 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.
These arrangements will end Sept 2019 when the new arrangements outlined above come into effect.