Child Death Review (CDR) partners are Local Authorities and any Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for the local areas as set out in the Children Act 2004, as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Child Death Review partners must make arrangements to review all deaths of children normally resident in the local area and, if they consider it appropriate, for any non-resident child who has died in their area. Child Death Review partners for two or more local authority areas may combine and agree that their areas be treated as a single area for the purpose of undertaking child death reviews. Child Death Review partners must make arrangements for the analysis of information from all deaths reviewed (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018).
Child Death Review partners must publish their arrangements for child death as per the requirement set out in Working Together 2018.
Across the area, local authorities and CCGs have come together to form the child death review arrangements for the South West Peninsula, using the existing Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) framework.
Purpose of the arrangements
The Child Death Review partners for the South West peninsula understand that the death of a child is a devastating loss that profoundly affects bereaved parents as well as siblings, grandparents, extended family, friends and professionals who were involved in caring for the child in any capacity and also impacts on the wider community.
The Child Death Review partners intention is to ensure that families experiencing such a tragedy within the South West peninsula should be met with empathy and compassion. Families should receive clear and sensitive communication in order to understand what happened to their child and know that people will learn from what happened.