Welcome to Information for Professionals.
Each LSCB has responsibility for ensuring that a review of each death of a child normally resident in the LSCB’s area is undertaken by a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP). The Child Death Overview Panel is a sub-group of all 4 Tees LSCBs.
The Tees CDOP is mandated to carry out its functions on behalf of the four Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) of Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, and Redcar & Cleveland, as Working Together 2015 recognises CDOPs responsible for reviewing deaths from larger populations are better able to identify significant recurrent contributory factors. All agencies that have had contact with a child who has died will be asked to share information on the child for the purposes of informing the professional response and work of the Review Panel. Most agencies/organisations should expect to be involved in this work at some stage. Information will be collated using Form B (Agency Report).
The purpose of the process is to provide better support and information to the families of children who have died and to ensure that the death of their child is properly investigated. It will also help us understand the reasons for child deaths across the four LSCBs and, therefore, contribute to their future prevention.
The lessons learnt at the Child Death Overview Panel informs strategic planning processes for all services.
Notification of a Child Death to the LSCB
Any agency becoming aware of:
The RMSO keeps an account of the health outcomes for mothers and babies across the North of England. www.rmso.org.uk/
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Leaflets on safety information for parents and carers can be found on this page as well as leaflets explaining what the Tees Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) has to do when a child dies.
All end of life care decisions must come from a shared partnership between the professional and the child, young person or adult. But for those who do not have capacity for their choices, or may lose that capacity in the future it is important that the right choices are made.
Deciding Right is a North East wide initiative - the first in the UK - to integrate the principles of making advance care decisions for all ages. It brings together advance care planning, the Mental Capacity Act, cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions and emergency healthcare plans.
Written by health and social care professionals, Deciding Right identifies the triggers for making care decisions in advance, complying with both current national legislation and the latest national guidelines. At its core is the principle of shared decision making to ensure that care decisions are centred on the individual and minimise the likelihood of unnecessary or unwanted treatment.
More information can be found on the website:
The death of any child is a tragedy. It is vital that all child deaths are carefully reviewed so that we may learn as much as possible from them, to try to prevent future deaths, and to support families.
Some organisations which offer support to families going though a bereavement are listed on this page and you may find the following leaflet of use to explain the Child Death Review process. If you need more information on this please ask your Paediatrician or other health staff working with your family.
If you are an organisation such as a school and one of your pupils has died you can also get information to help you support staff and other pupils from agencies such as Teesside Hospice on 01642 811063 or Child Bereavement UK on 01494 568900.
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Child Death Review Project
Tel: (01642) 444339
Tel: (01642) 444354
Redcar, TS10 1SP