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 2018.


Hampshire CDOP has representatives from Public Health, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Paediatric Departments, Hampshire Constabulary, Children’s Services, Education, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Midwifery Services, School Nursing and Health Visiting providers. Other professionals may be invited to give specialist advice when required.

The HSCB Partnership Support Team collects and reviews 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 his/her family.



Notification of a child death

CDOP must be notified within 24 hours of a child’s death.

All organisations working with the child are required to notify CDOP of a child’s death using an agreed template (Form A). This can be accessed below:

Form A

Please send completed forms via email to

Form B’s, for further information, should also be completed and returned within three weeks of the death. For a Form B template, please email

4LSCB Rapid Response Procedure

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.

4LSCB Rapid Response Procedure

Rapid Response information for Early Education and Childcare Providers

Rapid Response information for Schools in Hampshire



The death of any child is a tragedy. If you are looking to find further support and information, there are a number of organisations that can provide support for bereaved parents, siblings and other family members:


CDOP Contacts

HSCB Partnership Support Team

Secure email:

Tel: 01962 876336

HSCB Partnership Support Team
Falcon House
Monarch Way
SO22 5PL