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Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership

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Child Death Processes

Child Death Review partners (local authorities and clinical commissioning groups) for the local area must make arrangements to review the deaths of all children normally resident in the local area, and if they consider appropriate for any non-resident child, who has died in their area, up to their 18th birthday.

  • All agencies have a legal responsibility to notify their local Child Death Review partners about the death of a child; the procedures can be found at: Child Death Reviews

  • To notify us about the death of a child please complete this electronic form within 24 hours: Notification of Child Death
    Guidance around completing a notification on eCDOP is available here

  • If you have any problems with submitting a notification via the above link please email us at: cdop@sheffield.gov.uk

Child Death Overview Panels were established in 2008 in order to meet the statutory requirements which can be found in:

Since 2019 Sheffield CDOP entered into a formal collaboration with neighbouring authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham to share anonymised data and consider action that would be taken on a regional basis:

The process of reviewing all children’s deaths is grounded in deep respect for the rights of children and their families, with the intention of improving the health and safety of children and preventing future child deaths, and to improve the experience of families, as well as professionals after the death of a child.

CDOP Learning Briefs can be found here:

The National Child Mortality Database is used to systematically capture information following a child death; this will enable local learning, but will also identify learning at a national level and inform changes in policy and practice.

Follow the links below for further information:


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