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.

View – Croydon Child Deaths Planned New Arrangements Sept 2019

CSCP Child Death Process June 2019 vs2

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. 


Notification of a child death to the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board

Any agency/professional becoming aware of:

  • A child death that has occurred in Croydon; or
  • A death of a child normally resident Croydon, where the death has occurred 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.

The Form A should be submitted to:

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 CDOP Co-ordinator to the lead professional (or professional involved) from each agency and to any professionals known to have been involved for completion as soon as possible.

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. If information is not known, please note this on the form, rather than leaving it blank.  


The Croydon CDOP is based at:

Bernard Weatherill House

4th Floor

8 Mint Walk

Direct Telephone:0208 604 7392     Internal Ext:47392



Related Information:

CDOP Annual Report 2018-19

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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