Child Death Overview Panel

Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (WTSC) published in July 2018, outlined changes to the child death review process. The government produced a more comprehensive Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance in October 2018 and set out key features of what a good Child Death Review (CDR) process should look like and the statutory requirements that must be followed.

In Leeds our CDOP is committed to reviewing every child death in order to identify whether there is any learning to influence better outcomes for children and young people at both local and national level. The CDOP also influence actions that can be taken to reduce the number of child deaths in the future, as well as improving services to families and carers.

Our panel is made up from representatives from key local organisations:

  • LCC Adults & Health Deputy Director of Public Health (Chair)
  • Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager
  • West Yorkshire Police Serious Case Review Officer
  • LCC Children’s Services Head of Children’s Social Work Service
  • LCC Children’s Services 0-11 Safeguarding Coordinator
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust SUDIC Paediatrician
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust SUDIC Professional Lead (Nursing)
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Service Manager for Health Visiting
  • NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Designated Doctor
  • NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Designated Nurse
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Head of Nursing (Children)
  • Martin House Hospice Director of Clinical Services
  • Educational representative.

To see our full arrangements for reviewing child deaths click on the image below:

Child Death Review Arrangements Leeds LSCP


CDOP Annual Report

This year’s CDOP Annual Report is an overview of all the deaths reviewed by the CDOP since 2008 and identifies a number of factors that can negatively impact on the health and wellbeing of babies, children and young people. It is important that practitioners working with families read the report to understand how they can contribute to promoting key health and safety messages to families.


To notify us of a child death call: 0113 3786008