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Child Deaths


Notification of a Child Death

See the Notification process flow chart July 2014.pdf.

  • Mandatory Reporting of All Child Deaths

All deaths of a child (from birth up to 18th birthday) who is resident of Haringey must be reported immediately to Haringey LSCB, as set out in the statutory guidance Working Together (2013).

To notify a Child Death, in the first instance, please contact the SPOC (as above) by telephone and email completed  FORM A revised Feb 2014.doc


  • Initial Data Gathering

The SPOC will then attempt to contact services who may know the child / family, in order to gather any information that may be relevant to the child's death. If your service is contacted, you may be asked to complete the initial data-gathering Child Death Notification Form B (Word, 343Kb). This should be returned by email within 21 days to to the SPOC.


  • Rapid Response

In the event of a death which is unexplained or unexpected, an initial Rapid Response meeting may be held. In these circumstances, the meeting will usually be held within three days or sooner, and if your service is invited to attend, this will be to share relevant information regarding knowledge of the family and details relevant to the death. Follow-up review meetings will be held as required.


  • CDOP

You may be requested to attend the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) at which the case is discussed, depending on your level of involvement with the child.


For more information on this process, please contact

For more detailed information, download the London Safeguarding Children Board's Child Death Overview Panel Terms of Reference (PDF, 144Kb).

Parents of children who have died will need to understand the process of the Child Death Review - they can be given the LSCB leaflet Child Death Review - A Guide for Parents and Carers (PDF, 470Kb).

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Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Child Deaths in Haringey

Suzanne Dale, SPOC & Child Death Coordinator
Phone: 07983 566 631

Please also inform:

Dr David Elliman, Designated Consultant Paediatrician for Child Death
Phone: 07775704533


Why Review Child Deaths?

Every Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) must review the death of each child (up to 18th birthday) who is resident in their area (Working Together, 2013).

The purpose of this review process is to identify how many child deaths were either avoidable or potentially avoidable. The more we can understand about how and why children have died, the more we can learn from their deaths.

This information also enables LSCBs to identify trends and patterns occurring in particular areas of the borough.


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The Child Death Overview Panel

The Child Death Overview Panel meets quarterly.

In the event of an unexpected child death, a strategy meeting may be called to review the death.

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Dale
Single Point of Contact (SPOC) & Child Death Coordinator for Health  
Phone: 07983 566 631


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How Does the Review Happen?

Information about a child and the circumstances surrounding his or her death is collected and summarised into a short report from records held by hospitals, local health services, schools, police, children's social care services and any other involved agencies.

A small Child Death Overview Panel of doctors, other health specialists and child care professionals must consider the report to be clear about:

  • What caused the child's death
  • Whether, if the death was unexpected, there was an appropriate rapid response
  • What additional training or resources might be needed to provide an effective inter-agency response
  • Any public health issues
  • What support and treatment (if any) was offered to the child and their family

The Child Death Overview Panel must consider what lessons might be learned and whether they can make any recommendations to improve practice. These recommendations must be shared with the local health trusts, children's services and police, as well as specialist agencies (such as the fire services, or traffic authorities) as appropriate.

In some more complex circumstances, cases may be referred to a regional panel for a wider range of specialists to consider.

Local information will be collected in an annual analysis by the LSCB.

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