Child Deaths:
Information for Professionals

From April 2008 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) 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

The purpose of the child death review is to help prevent further such child deaths, and families may find it helpful to read The Child Death Review leaflet

There are two interrelated processes for reviewing child deaths (either of which can trigger a serious case review):

  1. Rapid response by a group of key professionals who come together for the purpose of enquiring into and evaluating each unexpected death of a child; and
  2. An overview of all child deaths (under 18 years) in the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) area(s), undertaken by a panel.

Child death overview panels (CDOPs) are responsible for reviewing information on all child deaths, and are accountable to the LSCB Chair.

Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside LSCBs have joined together to form the South of Tyne and Wear CDOP.

Notification of Child Deaths - Contact Details

If a child or young person (age 0-18 years) dies please notify as a matter of urgency the child death overview panel co-ordinator, details as follows:

Sean May  (Child Death Review Co-ordinator)

Tel: 0191 433 8018

Mobile: 0750 088 2301

South of Tyne and Wearside Child Death Overview Panel
LSCB Business Unit
1st Floor
Civic Centre
Regent Terrace

Please note that all notifications of child deaths for children in Sunderland should be e-mailed to Sean May, South of Tyne and Wear Child Death Review Co-ordinator at the appropriate secure e-mail address below:  or  please note that it is only secure if you send from a secure e-mail address.

Sunderland local authority staff can still e-mail via

NB: Sean will not have access to these e-mail addresses when away from his computer as he is unable to access them via his blackberry.