Child Death Overview Panel

The death of a child is always tragic. Talking and thinking about a child's death is a sensitive and painful subject which is particularly upsetting for parents, families and carers.  The reviewing of Child Deaths became mandatory for Local safeguarding Children Boards (LCSBs) in England on 1st April 2008.  The purpose of the processes is to try to understand why children die and then put in place interventions to protect other children and prevent future deaths wherever possible. It is intended that these processes will:

  • Document and try to understand the cause of death so that parents can come to terms with the death of their child.
  • Enable parents and professionals to take steps to prevent the deaths of any other children where possible.
  • Identify patterns of deaths in a community so that preventable or avoidable hazards that may contribute to deaths can be recognised and reduced.
  • Contribute to the improved collection of forensic evidence in the very small proportion of deaths where there might be concerns about the cause of death being non-accidental.

North Yorkshire and City of York LSCBs work together co-ordinate the reviews of child deaths and share learning to help safeguard children across North Yorkshire and the City of York.

For more information please see:

Notification of Child Death

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