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Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)


A Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) reviews the deaths of all children who are normally resident in the local authority area and ensures there is a coordinated response by relevant organisations to an unexpected death of a child.

CDOP also collect and analyse the information about all deaths of children and young people, regardless of the infant’s gestation, up to 18 years of age (excluding legal terminations of pregnancy and stillbirths) within the area. From this information, CDOP can identify patterns or trends and take action to prevent some similar deaths in the future.

The aims of the child death overview process are:

  • to learn from all child deaths, enabling changes which prevent future deaths;
  • to standardise the way in which each death is reviewed;
  • to ensure that families are offered bereavement services.

The Child Death Overview Panel meets quarterly.


For any enquiries about the CDOP process in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham or to report a child death, please contact the BRO CDOP Officer, Megan Kelsey, in the first instance:

Telephone: 01706 922856

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Key Documents

Terms of Reference

CDOP Protocol

Annual Reports:
CDOP 2016-17
CDOP 2015 -16
CDOP 2014-15
CDOP 2013-14
CDOP 2012-13
CDOP 2011-12

Information for Families

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, but when that loved one is a child, this can be even more difficult for a family.

When a child dies professionals who are directly in contact with the family may be asked for information about what needs to happen, including the review process, and what sources of support are available.

A guide for parents and carers can be downloaded from the Lullaby Trust website

The following national organisations can also offer support and advice in specific areas:

Child Bereavement UK:
Childhood Bereavement Network:
Cruse Bereavement Care:
Youth Involvement Project
SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society):

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