Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
In Berkshire the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is a subgroup of the six Unitary Authority Local Safeguarding Children Boards. It is made up of representatives from from a range of organisations, including health, social care and police. Some members also have experience of supporting families bereaved through a child’s death. This is because experience and evidence tells us that what happens when a child is dying, or has died, can affect how families grieve and face life with this sorrow always present.
Families will often want to know: Why did my child die? Was this death preventable? What lessons can be learnt? In some circumstances, the wider public may have similar questions. The Berkshire CDOP has a professional interest in seeking answers to these questions with the intention of trying to prevent future child deaths. In undertaking this work it also reflects on how better to understand and support bereaved families.
Child deaths may result from previously recognised or unrecognised medical conditions or as a result of unintentional incidents or (rarely) deliberate acts. A significant proportion of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI) remain unexplained.
The purpose of the CDOP is to collect and analyse information about each child death in order to:
- Identify any changes that we can make or actions we can take that might help to prevent similar deaths in the future.
- Share learning with colleagues regionally and nationally so the findings will have wider impact.
The CDOP publishes an Annual Report on its website, giving an overview of its activity during the year and summary of its findings.