The death of a baby or child is a terrible tragedy and one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family. If you are reading this and your child has died, we are so sorry for your loss.
This booklet, When a Baby Dies Suddenly, produced by the Lullaby Trust, has lots of information which you may find helpful.
There is also lots of other helpful information on the Lullaby Trust website.
The Child Death Overview Panel
Each Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has a statutory (legal) requirement to review child deaths in the local area, as described in regulation 6 of the Local Safeguarding Children Board Regulations 2006, made under section 14(2) of the Children Act 2004.
Suffolk’s Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) fulfils this requirement on behalf of the LSCB in Suffolk. The Panel Members come from health, children and young people’s services and police. They are responsible for reviewing all deaths of Suffolk children and young people from birth up to the age of 18.
The aim of a CDOP review is to ensure that procedures are in place and working effectively to support families when sudden and unexpected deaths in childhood or infancy occur as well as collecting information to help improve services for children and families in Suffolk. CDOP collects and discusses information provided by professionals who have cared for the child and supported their family. At the CDOP meeting, learning points are agreed by the Panel who then make recommendations for organisations to put into practice.
The CDOP review takes place after all investigations are concluded and the outcomes explained to parents and family members. The role of CDOP is not to investigate individual cases or to determine cause of death, which is the responsibility of the doctor issuing the death certificate and/or the Coroner.
This Lullaby Trust booklet Child Death Review guide for parents and carers explains the process that happens after a child dies.
Our LSCB Bereavement Directory also has lots of information about other organisations that can help you cope with your loss.