Child Death Overview Panel

From April 2008 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards have had a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies. The procedures to be followed are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together 2015 to Safeguard Children.

Milton Keynes Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) undertakes a review of each case and compiles an overview of all deaths (excluding those babies who are stillborn) of children and young people up to the age of 18 years who are normally resident in Milton Keynes. This includes neonatal deaths, expected and unexpected deaths in infants and in older children.

The panel is accountable to the LSCB independent chair.

The CDOP has a fixed core membership drawn from organisations represented on the LSCB with the flexibility to co-op other relevant professionals to discuss certain types of death as and when appropriate. The Milton Keynes CDOP is chaired by Public Health.  Click here for CDOP Terms of Reference and membership.

The overall purpose of the child death review process is to understand why children die and put in place interventions arising from our understanding of the issues designed to prevent future deaths. It provides very useful epidemiological data about the clinical, public health, social and economic determinants that influence the health, wellbeing and safety of children in Milton Keynes.

In addition the Rapid Response Team provides an immediate response to any sudden and unexpected death of a child (SUDI) in Milton Keynes, both to support the family and professionals involved and to establish whether the circumstances are such that safeguarding or other processes need to be put in place.

Child death review processes – procedures, notification form and information for families

Click here for MKSCB Rapid Response (Currently under review)

Click here for MKSCB CDOP Tool Kit (Currently under review)

Click here for Notification form A

Click here for Parent Information (being revised)


Please return all Notification from A to

For further support and information about the Child Death process please contact the MKSCB CDOP Coordinator on 01908 278699

MKSB CDOP Annual Report
For MKSB Annual report, which includes recommendations for learning and preventing child deaths in Milton Keynes, please contact the MKSB Business office on  01908 254373.

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