Child deaths - information for professionals

When the death of a child is reported in Derbyshire, it is our duty to make sure that there is a review of the circumstances of the death.

The review is carried out by a child death overview panel, made up of representatives from the organisations which are part of the our safeguarding children's board.

View our procedures on child death reviews. It should be read in conjunction with the  response to sudden unexpected death in childhood in our document library.

The panel reviews all deaths of children and young people aged under 18 (excluding those babies who are stillborn).

This involves:

  • collating information from professionals and family members
  • letting families know what future actions will be taken as a result of the review
  • deciding which factors contributed to the child's death and whether their death might have been prevented
  • deciding if action can be taken to prevent similar deaths and making recommendations

Our role in the event of a child's death is explained in detail in the Government's working together to safeguard children statutory guidance.

There is useful information in this leaflet for parents and carers. The child death review − A guide for parents and carers, which is attached to this page.

To report the death of a child, contact:

Rachel Turley 
Child Death Overview Panel Coordinator 
tel: 01332 623700 extension: 31526