The Children Act 2004[1] provided the legislative framework for the original Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) which were established in North and South of Tyne in 2008 and which were supported by well-established local child death review arrangements and reporting arrangements into the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). However, new legislation, the Children and Social Work Act 2017[2]  has resulted in amendments to the Children Act 2004 and subsequently changes to the statutory responsibilities for child death reviews.


The responsibility for ensuring child death reviews are carried out is now held by the “child death review partners”, who, in relation to a local authority area in England, are defined as the local authority (LA) for that area and any clinical commissioning groups (CCG)  operating in the LA area.


The CDR partners must make arrangements to carry out child death reviews and   these arrangements should result in the establishment of a CDOP or equivalent, to review the deaths of all children normally resident in the relevant local authority area, and if they consider it appropriate, the deaths in that area of non-resident children. The CDOP should cover a geographical footprint that enables it to typically review at least 60 child deaths per year.

In order to comply with the statutory guidance[3]  the CDR partners for the following localities have agreed to establish one CDOP to cover their combined geographical footprint:

  • Northumberland
  • North Tyneside
  • Newcastle
  • Gateshead
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland

This CDOP, to be known as the North and South of Tyne CDOP,  (the CDOP) will typically review at least 60 deaths per year which will better enable thematic learning in order to identify potential safeguarding or local health issues that could be modified in order to protect children from harm and, ultimately, save lives.


These new arrangements will be in place from April 2020.  Until that time please refer to the North of Tyne CDOP inform below.

Documents relating to CDOP

CDOP Professionals Leaflet

Information for professionals -  please see below the review we have to do when a child dies - 


CDOP Families and Carers Leaflet

There are no words to describe how difficult the death of a child is for any family. This leaflet explains why health and social care professionals are required to carry out a review of the circumstances which led to the death. It also explains about the support there is for families and carers who face the death of a child.


North of Tyne Procedure for the Child Death Review Process

This procedure sets out the processes to be followed when a child dies, whether from natural, unnatural, known or unknown causes, at home, in hospital or in the community, expected, unexpected and neonatal.



Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report


A copy of the latest CDOP annual report for 2018-19 can be found here.

CDOP Annual Report 18.19 final