Since April 2008 all deaths of children up to the age of 18 years, excluding still births and planned terminations are to be reviewed by a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) to accommodate the national guidance and statutory requirement set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. Child Death Review partners, the Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups for County Durham and Darlington hold responsibility for the delivery of the Child Death Review Process as set out in the Children Act 2004, as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The CDOP is multiagency with differing areas of professional expertise. This process is undertaken locally for all children who are normally resident in County Durham and Darlington.
This report contains the summary of activity carried out by the County Durham and Darlington Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) between April 2019 and March 2020.