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When a child dies, the death has to be looked into by a local Child Death Review Panel (CDOP). This is to help improve support for bereaved families and to try and prevent future deaths.

Our Child Death Review booklet has been created for parents and carers of any child under 18 who has died.

The booklet explains what happens in the Child Death Review and describes the different stages of the review, including the post-mortem examination, professional meetings, inquests, Child Death Overview Panels and Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

Parents are not usually involved in the child death review, but should be kept informed. The process should also be explained to you by a professional, but please contact our helpline if you have any further questions on 0808 802 6868 or by email on