Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) is responsible for ensuring that a review of each death of a child normally resident in the SSP’s area is undertaken by a CDOP. The CDOP will have a fixed core membership drawn from organisations represented on the SSP.
The functions of the CDOP include:
In reviewing the death of each child, the CDOP should consider modifiable factors, for example, in the family environment, parenting capacity or service provision, and consider what action could be taken locally and what action could be taken at a regional or national level.
How to Notify CDOP of a Child's Death
It is a statutory requirement to notify CDOP of all child deaths from birth up to their 18th birthday. If there are a number of agencies involved, liaison should take place to agree which agency will submit the Notification. However, unless you know someone else has done so, please notify CDOP with as much information as possible.
From 1st April 2019 we have moved to an electronic reporting system called eCDOP, to report all child deaths in Suffolk.
To notify Suffolk CDOP of a child death please access the new eCDOP reporting system at: https://www.ecdop.co.uk/NorfolkSuffolk/Live/Public
This link takes you straight to the “A. Notification of Child Death” form, which replaces the old “Form A”. You do not need a user name or password to access this form.
Please complete as much of the information requested as possible. Sections marked with a red Asterix are mandatory.
Once completed please press the submit button and you will see a message confirming that the form has been sent to CDOP. At this stage you also have the option to save a copy for your own records.
Please destroy any blank copies of the old Form A as they will no longer be accepted.
If you have any problems or queries regarding the new system, please contact the Suffolk CDOP Administrator, Amy Underwood, on 01473 265359.
You can also contact the Child Death Overview Panel via email on CDOP@suffolk.gov.uk
Child Death Review Team
The Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have commissioned a Child Death Review (CDR) Team to ensure a co-ordinated health response compliant with the Government Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance for all child deaths of children (under the age of 18), normally resident in Suffolk.
To ensure the process is standardised and uniform as much as possible the CDR Nurse will take the role of the lead health professional and key worker, being a point of contact for information sharing and effective communication for the family and professionals. The CDR Nurses will ensure that every family no matter how their child has died will be offered support throughout the Child Death Review Process.
The team went live on Monday 2nd September and are available Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm (on call 4 – 8pm) and can be contacted on telephone: 01473 770089 or pager: 07623 951892.
The team are:
For further information, please see the document Managing Child Deaths in Suffolk
The Suffolk Child Death Review team have kindly offered to respond to any unexpected child deaths in Waveney on behalf of the Norfolk & Waveney CCG.
With immediate effect in the event of an unexpected child death in Waveney please contact:
Team phone number: 01473 770089
Team pager: 07623 951892
Service available: 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday (on call 4 - 8pm)
Out of hours: messages can be left on the above numbers and the team will response next working day
Work continues to develop a new Norfolk and Waveney wide service which will provide both a rapid response and longer term support for families. We will keep you updated on progress.
CDOP Bereavement Support Directory
The Suffolk CDOP has developed this booklet for parents, carers and families who have been affected by the loss of a baby or child. This booklet is a ‘directory’ of services that can offer information, advice or support. Although it is not a definitive list, it may be a useful place to start. These services are available at any stage of a bereavement; whether recent or past. Many of these organisations have local offices or groups in Suffolk. Often, they are staffed by volunteers who have a personal experience of bereavement.
The booklet also explains how the Child Death Overview Panel works and what its role is in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children in Suffolk.
CDOP Local Newsletter
Suffolk CDOP publishes a newsletter, sharing key messages with the local community about child health, safety and wellbeing and can be found on the Healthy Suffolk website.