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Child Deaths

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 is mandatory for local safeguarding partnerships in England.  The purpose of the processes is to try to understand how a child has died and then put in place interventions to protect other children and prevent future deaths wherever possible from learning.

It is intended that the Child Death Review process will:

  • Document and try to understand the cause of death so that parents/guardians and the wider family can come to terms with the death of their child.
  • Enable parents/guardians 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 Safeguarding Children Partnership work together to 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 for professionals please see:

A joint Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is in place for both North Yorkshire and York Safeguarding Partnerships.

Professionals who become aware of a child death are encouraged to contact the Child Death Review Officer:
Ali Firby
T: 01609 797167 / M: 07967 469790
cdop@northyorks.gov.uk

Notification should be made using the online Child Death Notification form:

Child Death Notification – Online Form

Should it not be possible to complete a notification online, the paper version should be completed and returned to cdop@northyorks.gov.uk:

Child Death Notification – Word Form

All representatives from each key agency will be asked to complete as much of an Agency Report Form  as they are able, drawing on a review of the agency records and discussions with individual practitioners. Some aspects of the form are specific to individual agencies but all should be able to prepare summaries of relevant information available to them.

Once all agency reports are received, the Child Death Review Officer will collate the information onto one form for eventual consideration at the Child Death Overview Panel. All information will be anonymised.

The Child Death Overview Panel produces a report annually outlining the work that has been undertaken and most importantly, lessons learned and actions taken to reduce future harm to children. To view the panel’s latest report click below:


CDOP Annual Report 2018-19

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