Child Death Process

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What to do in the event of a Child's Death

To read the Child Death Review Protocol for Gloucestershire, CLICK HERE

The deaths of all babies / children under 18 years (excluding live born terminations) resident in Gloucestershire, regardless of where the death took place, should be notified to the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership using the online Notification Form which can be accessed CLICK HERE  

Deaths of children not normally resident in the Gloucestershire area and who die here should also be notified using this link. This information will be passed onto the relevant CDOP Panel who will then coordinate the information.

All Local Safeguarding Children Boards/Partnerships have a statutory duty to hold a review whenever a child dies. 

The Child Death Review (CDR) process is designed to ensure Local Safeguarding Children Partners are in a position to learn any lessons there might be from the unexpected death of a child or young person. Further it is understood that when a child dies those left grieving; parents, siblings, other family members, friends and acquaintances, will need extra support and a good understanding as to what caused the loss of their loved one. The child death review process is designed to help with providing the appropriate support to families and schools to gain information about why children die. There are two aspects to a CDR. 

  • A 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.
  • An overview of all child deaths in the Local Safeguarding Children Partners area (in this case the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership area), undertaken by a panel.

For advice and information please contact the GSCP Business Unit either by email to or by telephone 01452 426228

For advice about how to support pupils and members of staff following a child death at an educational setting please contact Georgina Summers, Safeguarding in Education Manager, on 01452 42 6221.

To read CDOP Annual Reports CLICK HERE

For further information and documents CLICK HERE

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