Child Death Overview Panels
In the case of an unexpected child death in their local area, the LSCB is responsible for collecting and analysing information that relates to the case in order to identify lessons to be learnt and possibly uncover any matters of concern affecting the safety of children in the area. It is not the responsibility of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) to attempt to discover the cause of death; this remains the responsibility of the coroner or doctor who signs the medical certificate. The family of the child should foremost be assured that the purpose of the inquiry is not to apportion blame for the death but to identify how relevant agencies can perform more effectively in future.
The CDOP is instead intended to: