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Child death reviews

To notify Hull CDOP of a child death please access this link

To notify us of the death of a child resident in Hull please follow the link above to complete your Notification Form within 24 hours.

On submission of your Notification, our Child Death Review Team will be alerted and will be able to view the Form. The Form will also automatically be shared with the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD).  If you have any problems with submitting a notification via the above link please contact the CDOP Co-ordinator on 01482 379 090 (option 4) or email [email protected]

When a child dies in any circumstance, it is important for parents and families to understand what has happened and whether there are any lessons to be learned.

The responsibility for ensuring child death reviews are carried out is held by ‘child death review partners,’ who are the local authority for that area and any clinical commissioning groups operating in the local authority area (Hull City Council and Hull CCG).

Child death review partners must make arrangements to review all deaths of children normally resident in the local area and, if they consider it appropriate, for any non-resident child who has died in their area. Child death review partners must make arrangements for the analysis of information from all deaths reviewed.  

Hull Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

Hull CDOP is committed to reviewing every child death in order to identify whether there are any learning opportunities to influence better outcomes for children and young people at both local and national level. The CDOP also influence actions that can be taken to reduce the number of child deaths in the future, as well as improving services to families and carers.  A plan for local arrangements has been published and partners are in the process of updating this plan and developing and implementing local processes to meet their statutory responsibilities.

The government has produced guidance which sets out the full process that follows the death of a child who is normally resident in England.

It builds on the statutory requirements set out in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ and clarifies how individual professionals and organisations across all sectors involved in the child death review should contribute to reviews.  The guidance sets out the process in order to –

  • improve the experience of bereaved families, and professionals involved in caring for children
  • ensure that information from the child death review process is systematically captured in every case to enable learning to prevent future deaths

NHS guidance for the bereaved

NHS England has issued guidance for the bereaved, ‘When a child dies: a guide for parents and carers’, setting out the steps that follow the death of a child. The leaflet can be downloaded here

Collation of information

Hull CDOP will collate local information and contribute to regional and national patterns and trends in child deaths, any lessons learnt and actions taken, and on the effectiveness of the wider Child Death Review process. The collation and sharing of learning from reviews will be analysed on a larger scale leading to greater information and advice for parents/carers. This is managed by the National Child Mortality Database which is handled through the use of the standardised forms.

Joint Agency Response training

For on-call professionals from all sectors of health services, police and children’s social care and other professionals involved in the immediate medical or investigative response to a death, or may be required to provide information about your involvement with the child and family and/or provide help and support to a family after a child’s death.

Due to Covid 19 face to face training has been postponed. Further information to follow.

One stop shop for CDR guidance on NCMD’s website

Resources for CDOPs and other CDR professionals, for example –

  • Guidance on completing an effective child death Notification Form
  • CDR form completion resources, including a flowchart of who should receive reporting forms
  • Guidance to support effective CDR meetings
  • Links to statutory guidance, forms and other information
  • Further information to support bereaved families (including NCMD’s postcard which is available via CDOPs)
  • Information about COVID-19
  • Updated guidance on Joint Agency Responses (JAR) to child deaths during the pandemic
  • Notice and joining instructions for monthly NCMD Webinars

National Child Mortality Database – CDR guidance, forms and other resources

How to reduce the risk of sudden infant death

The Lullaby Trust’s safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time. Their advice is based on strong scientific evidence and should be followed for all sleep periods, not just at night.

Further information is available on the Lullaby Trust website

Safer sleep training

Local training information to follow.

Contacts and helplines for bereavement support for families and professionals


The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families

Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child of any age dies – One to One, listening, drop in, phone helpline, Website articles and information, monthly support sessions

Local bereavement support from:

Cruse in Hull and East Riding – 1:1 telephone/virtual support for adults and children (face to face returning in some circumstances), leaflets in different languages, support advice on website

Martin House hospice offers a community bereavement service for families who have not previously accessed Martin House previously – across West, North and East Yorkshire and the Humber

Dove House Hospice offers group support to children and young people

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind for families in East Riding

  • Tel: 01482 240200         
  • 24/7 Info Line: 01482 240133     
  • Text: 07520 633447
  • Email: [email protected]

Let’s Talk for families in Hull

  • Tel: 01482 247111

Support for Hull children from Fitmums & Friends – Together in Grief – The Forest Project, for 10 to 17 years – use outdoor forest activities alongside age-appropriate reading and writing activities

CDOP Annual Report

CDOP Annual Report 2020-21

CDOP Annual Report 2021-22

CDOP e-bulletins for professionals

CDOP e-bulletin October 22

CDOP e-bulletin December 22