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Child Deaths

Local Safeguarding Children Boards have a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies. The procedures to be followed are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together 2013 to Safeguard Children.

There are two interrelated processes for reviewing child deaths, either of which could trigger a Serious Case Review:

  1. A rapid response by a group of key professionals who come together to look into and evaluate each unexpected death of a child, and
  2. An overview of all deaths of children under 18 years in the LSCB area, carried out by the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP).

East Sussex Child Death Overview Panel

East Sussex and Brighton and Hove LSCBs share a CDOP which meets regularly to review the deaths of all children normally resident in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

The CDOP makes recommendations to the relevant LSCB based on their findings from reviewing child deaths. This may involve identifying:

  • whether a Serious Case Review (SCR) is needed about a particular child
  • concerns about the safety and welfare of children in the area, or
  • any wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths in the area.

Notification of Child Deaths – Contact Details

If a child or young person (aged 0-18 years) normally resident in East Sussex dies, please notify the Child Death Overview Panel Coordinator as a matter of urgency.

Child Death Overview Panel Coordinator
Tel: 01273 335627
Email: Child-death.overview-panel@eastsussex.gov.uk

Address:
East Sussex County Council
County Hall, Lewes, BN7 1UE