Legislation requires that every child death is reviewed by a Child Death Overview Panel which is a subcommittee of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. This is mandated by the Children Act (2004) and explained in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). 1
The four Local Safeguarding Children Boards for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Torbay and Devon have formed one Child Death Overview Panel for the South West Peninsula. This Panel meets once a month to review anonymised summaries of each child death, for children aged from birth to 17 years 364 days who are normally resident in the South West Peninsula. Deaths of children not normally resident in the Peninsula but that occur within the SW Peninsula area may also be reviewed.
The Child Death Overview Panel is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary review aiming to understand why and how children die. The core purpose is to identify patterns and trends and implement interventions with a view to preventing future deaths of a similar nature.
All agencies are represented on the Panel and include: the Health Service, Social Services, education, Ambulance, Police, and the Local Safeguarding Children Board. Specialist experts are co-opted to join a particular child death overview panel meeting when there are cases requiring their input, for example: the Fire Service, accident prevention experts, Drugs & Alcohol ervice and any other service that may have a contribution to make.
The work of the Child Death Overview Panel is summarised in an annual report.
For more information contact:
SW Peninsula Child Death Overview Panel Office
Admin Block, Mount Gould Hospital
Mount Gould Road
Working Together to Safeguard Children, March 2013, Chapter 5