Child deaths

What is the child death review process?

Since 1 April 2008 Local Safeguarding Children Boards have been required to review the deaths of all children in their area. The regulations are outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: Chapter 5.

The purpose of the child death review process is to collect and analyse information about the death of each child who normally resides in Calderdale with a view to identifying any matters of concern affecting the health, safety, or welfare of children, or any wider public health concerns. Data is collected from all known agencies that may hold information on each child using Department of Education data collection forms (link to external website).

The Lullaby Trust has produced this helpful leaflet for parents The child death review A guide for parents and carers (March 2017)

Who evaluates child deaths?

Data is presented to the Child Death Overview Panel which meets every two months. The Panel is run jointly with Kirklees, and looks at aspects of each individual case, and the professional agencies that have had involvement, ensuring a thorough investigation of each case to identify

  • how deaths might be prevented in the future;
  • cases giving rise to the need for a serious case review;
  • matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children in Calderdale; and
  • any wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths in Calderdale.

Who sits on the Calderdale Child Death Overview Panel?

The panel is made up of senior representatives from a range of agencies including:

Public Health
Consultant in Public Health
Serious Case Review Officer: West Yorkshire Police
H.M Coroners Office
Consultant Paediatrician: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Calderdale Royal Hospital, and Dewsbury District Hospital
Assistant Director for Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults: NHS Calderdale
Matron for Maternity Services

The panel has the option of co-opting a professional if their specialism is appropriate to a particular case.

Further information

If you would like more information on the child death review process in Calderdale please contact

Julia Caldwell
Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board
Northgate House
Northgate
Halifax HX1 1UN

Email: julia.caldwell@calderdale.gov.uk
Tel: 01422 394108