Child Death Reviews

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CDR Contingency Arrangements

Regional guidance relating to the child death review process

Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are the named Child Death Review (CDR) partners.  CDR partners must make arrangements for the review of every death of a child normally resident in the local authority area. The purpose of child death reviews is to identify and act on learning at local and national level that could prevent future deaths.

Formal collaboration between regional CDR partners is in place to ensure that child death reviews are undertaken at greater scale.  This covers the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.  The local CDR system has been designed to ensure a minimum of 60 cases are reviewed per annum. The statutory and operational guidance sets out standardised approaches to key elements in the CDR process, such as:

– Immediate decision making and notifications

– Investigating and information gathering

– The child death review meeting (CDRM)

– The child death overview panel (CDOP)

– Family engagement and bereavement support

Notification Process

Any agency/professional becoming aware of a child death occurring in City or Hackney; or a death of a normally resident City or Hackney child occurring elsewhere, should make a notification using the following link within 48 hours.

Following notification of the death of a child, a Form B will requested from involved agencies.   Agencies should retrieve the case records for the child or other family members and complete on the form any information known to them.