West of England Child Death Overview Panel Arrangements

When a child dies in Bath and North East Somerset, a review is conducted. In order to continuously improve outcomes for children and their families, learnings from these reviews are considered in our future service commissioning and public health work.

There is a statutory requirement for CCGs to have a robust Child Death Overview Process (CDOP). An arrangements in our area , which is called West of England (WoE), has been in place since 2008 and has involved BaNES CCG and:

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bristol Council
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Avon and Somerset police.

The aim of these new CDOP arrangements is to have a consistent local and national response to supporting families and have combined learning from any thematic cases across England. We have worked in partnership to develop these new arrangements for the West of England CDOP.

The Bath and North East Somerset Joint Agency Response (JAR) and Child Death Protocol for Unexpected Deaths is also available below. This document includes the following information:

  • In which circumstances a co-ordinated multi-agency response (on-call health professional, police investigator, duty social worker) should be triggered
  • The process for Joint Agency response
  • The joint responsibilities of the all professionals involved with the child
  • Notifications – who needs to be informed when a child dies unexpectedly
  • The process to be followed for all child deaths