What is a child death overview panel?

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The death of all children under the age of 18 must be reviewed by a Child Death Overview Panel on behalf of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

The Child Death Overview Panels meet several times a year to review all the child deaths in their area. The Panel is not given the names of any children who died; all the details are dealt with anonymously. Even so, the information discussed is treated with great sensitivity and respect. The main purpose is to learn how to prevent future deaths. The Panels make recommendations and report on the lessons learned to the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

The Board produces an annual report which is a public document and available on the LSCB website. Anyone can read the report, but it contains no details that could identify an individual child or their family.