Tees Child Death Review Functions

Since 1st April 2008 all Local Safeguarding Children Boards(LSCB) in England and Wales are required to have in place a Child Death Review process, as outlined in Chapter 5, Working Together to Safeguard Children (updated 2015).
LSCBs are responsible for collecting and analysing information about all the deaths of children and young people (up to the age of 18 years) in their area. This information will identify patterns and trends, enabling specific action, which may prevent some deaths in the future.
The Tees Child Death Review Project, managed by Redcar & Cleveland SCB on behalf of the LSCBs covering Hartlepool,  Middlesbrough,  Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton, provides a dedicated service to ensure the statutory requirements relating to child death review functions are implemented.

For further details about Child Death Review functions please contact the Child Death Review Team on 01642 444339



Public Health - Clinical Director of Public Health
UHNT - Neonatologist
Education -  Chief Education Officer, Redcar & Cleveland Council
Police  - Detective Superintendent
Midwifery - Supervisor of Midwives, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS FT
Paediatrician - Designated Paediatrician for CDOP
Designated Doctor for Safeguarding
Bereavement Services - Head of Counselling – Teesside Hospice
JCUH  - Consultant Neonatologist
South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group  - Executive Nurse
Lay member
JCUH - Consultant Paediatrician
Ambulance Service - Named Professional for Safeguarding, NEAS
Health (Nursing) -  Children’s Services Manager
Children’s Social Care - Assistant Director, Children’s Services


Information for Professionals

Welcome to Information for Professionals.

Each LSCB has responsibility for ensuring that a review of each death of a child normally resident in the LSCB’s area is undertaken by a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP). The Child Death Overview Panel is a sub-group of all 4 Tees LSCBs.

The Tees CDOP is mandated to carry out its functions on behalf of the four Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) of Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, and Redcar & Cleveland, as Working Together 2015 recognises CDOPs responsible for reviewing deaths from larger populations are better able to identify significant recurrent contributory factors. All agencies that have had contact with a child who has died will be asked to share information on the child for the purposes of informing the professional response and work of the Review Panel.  Most agencies/organisations should expect to be involved in this work at some stage.  Information will be collated using Form B (Agency Report).
The purpose of the process is to provide better support and information to the families of children who have died and to ensure that the death of their child is properly investigated.  It will also help us understand the reasons for child deaths across the four LSCBs and, therefore, contribute to their future prevention.

The lessons learnt at the Child Death Overview Panel  informs strategic planning processes for all services.

Notification of a Child Death to the LSCB

Any agency becoming aware of:

  • a child death occurring within the area covered by the four Tees LSCBs
  • a death of a normally resident Tees child occurring elsewhere
should make a notification of this fact to the Tees Child Death Review Project.

Notification should be made on Form A - Notification of Child Death.

Once completed the form should be sent :

Please see below for a set of data collection forms, together with 'Notes for Users' which are available to download.

The RMSO keeps an account of the health outcomes for mothers and babies across the North of England. www.rmso.org.uk/

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Briefing for use in team meetings


Information for parents and carers

Leaflets on safety information for parents and carers can be found on this page as well as leaflets explaining what the Tees Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) has to do when a child dies.

All end of life care decisions must come from a shared partnership between the professional and the child, young person or adult. But for those who do not have capacity for their choices, or may lose that capacity in the future it is important that the right choices are made.
Deciding Right is a North East wide initiative - the first in the UK - to integrate the principles of making advance care decisions for all ages. It brings together advance care planning, the Mental Capacity Act, cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions and emergency healthcare plans.
Written by health and social care professionals, Deciding Right identifies the triggers for making care decisions in advance, complying with both current national legislation and the latest national guidelines. At its core is the principle of shared decision making to ensure that care decisions are centred on the individual and minimise the likelihood of unnecessary or unwanted treatment.

More information can be found on the website:



Bereavement & Support

The death of any child is a tragedy. It is vital that all child deaths are carefully reviewed so that we may learn as much as possible from them, to try to prevent future deaths, and to support families.

Some organisations which offer support to families going though a bereavement are listed on this page and you may find the following leaflet of use to explain the Child Death Review process. If you need more information on this please ask your Paediatrician or other health staff working with your family.

If you are an organisation such as a school and one of your pupils has died you can also get information to help you support  staff and other pupils from agencies such as Teesside Hospice on 01642 811063 or Child Bereavement  UK on 01494 568900.


Contact Us

tees-cdrp@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk  (Secure E-mail)

Child Death Review Project
Tel:  (01642) 444339
Tel:  (01642) 444354

Seafield House
Kirkleatham Street
Redcar, TS10 1SP