Children's Services

Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP)

Child Death Overview Panels have a responsibility to review all child deaths (from birth up until 18th birthday and excluding stillborn babies and planned legal terminations) normally resident in their area, as described in Chapter 5 of Working Together 2013.


The four Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton have a joint Child Death Overview Panel. The Child Death Overview Panel has representatives from Public Health, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding, Paediatric Advisor, Hampshire Constabulary, Children’s Services Education and Social Care, South Central Ambulance Service and Midwifery Services. Other professionals may be invited to give specialist advice when required.

The CDOP Manager and Administrator collect and review information about each child death. Each death is discussed anonymously at bi-monthly CDOP meetings with a view to identifying;

  • Any case giving rise to the need for a review mentioned in Regulation 5 (1) (e) of the Local Safeguarding Children Board Regulations 2006;
  • Any matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in the area of the authority
  • Any wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern in that area.

CDOP produce an Annual Report detailing any recommendations and lessons learnt during the previous year. The Annual Report is a public document and therefore it does not contain information that could identify an individual child or their family.



Notification of a child death

CDOP must be notified within 24 hours of a child’s death. Any professional involved with the child should complete Form A and email this to Additionally a Form B should be completed and returned to the CDOP Manager via email. There are also further forms to be completed depending on the cause of death. All CDOP forms can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

Rapid Response

When a child dies unexpectedly, a Rapid Response procedure is initiated by key professionals. This is a coordinated response to accurately investigate the circumstances regarding the child’s death and ensure the family is supported.

The Rapid Response procedures for the 4 LSCB are currently being updated. Once they have been agreed, they will be available to download from this page.



The death of any child is a tragedy. It is vital that all child deaths are carefully reviewed so that we may learn as much as possible, to try to prevent future deaths and to support families. Parents are invited to contact the CDOP Manager if they wish to contribute towards the review of their child’s death. Consideration as to how best to involve parents in this process is currently being reviewed by Panel members.

Organisations providing support and information for bereaved parents and siblings:


CDOP Contacts

Jill Sephton - CDOP Manager

Secure email:

Tel: 01962 876356

Secure Fax: 01962 834538

Safeguarding Unit
Falcon House
Monarch Way
SO22 5PL