CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel)

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 gives Safeguarding Children Boards the duty to review all child deaths in their area, regardless of the cause of death.

The purpose of this review process is to establish the cause of death and ultimately, to establish whether the death could have been prevented.

Working Together to Safeguard Children gives two duties:
•For Safeguarding Children Boards to provide a rapid response to investigate all cases where a child dies suddenly or unexpectedly (SUDIC)
•For Safeguarding Children Board to establish a panel to have an overview of all child deaths, regardless of nature or cause.

Safeguarding Children Boards are required to publish annually a report regarding child deaths. This is contained within our Annual Report. In addition to the annual data provided in the annual report, we have also recently published a CDOP Annual Report, which provides a summary of child deaths and learning from the last five years.

It is important to know that the SUDIC and CDOP processes are not the same as a Serious Case Review. However occasionally, the SUDIC and CDOP processes may run alongside a Serious Case Review. On rare occasions, investigations under the SUDIC or CDOP processes may uncover information that then leads to a Serious Case Review.

If you would like more information about these processes, you can find information in Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, or can contact the Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board on

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