Overview of Child Deaths

Child Death Overview Panel

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) created a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) in April 2008, following the statutory requirement for all LSCBs to ensure that a review of each child death is undertaken. The review should be undertaken by the LSCB in the area where the child usually resides.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent LSCB's share one CDOP. The Panel has a fixed core membership, drawn from organisations represented on the LSCBs and has the flexibility to co-opt other relevant professionals to discuss certain types of death as and when appropriate. The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CDOP has a professional from public health as well as child health. The panel is chaired by D/Supt Jennifer Mattinson, Staffordshire Police.

Nicola Furlong


Detective Chief Inspector Staffordshire Police

Paula Carr

Deputy Chair

Designated Nurse for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked After Children, North Staffs and Stoke-on-Trent CCG

Faith Lindley-Cooke

Child Death Co-Ordinator

Azhar Manzoor

Designated Doctor for Unexpected Death, South Staffordshire

Martin Samuels

Designated Doctor for Unexpected Death, North Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Alex Tabor

Designated Doctor for Unexpected Death, North Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Rebecca Sage

Nurse Practitioner for Child
Death Overview Process, South Staffordshire

Gill Devine-Skellern

Clinical Nurse Specialist for Child Death Reviews, North Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Carole Preston

Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board Manager

Carrie Wain

Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board Manager (Lynne Milligan currently covering role)

Angela Jervis

Head of Safeguarding Children, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Stephanie Lowe

Designated Nurse Safeguarding and Looked After Children, South Staffordshire CCG’s

Andrea Muirhead

Children and Young People Public Health Lead for Health Improvement, City of Stoke-on-Trent

Kate Sutcliffe

Public Health Development Officer, Children and Young People for Staffordshire   County Council

Claire Cartwright

Business Manager Safeguarding and Review

 Simon Caton

 Detective Inspector, Staffordshire Police

The Child Death Overview Panel should be informed of the deaths of all children normally resident in their geographical area. The designated person to whom the death notification and other data on each death should be sent is the CDOP Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator also uses sources available, such as professional contacts or the media, to find out about cases when a child who is normally resident in their area dies abroad.

In cases where organisations in more than one LSCB area have known about or have had contact with the child, lead responsibility should sit with the LSCB for the area in which the child was normally resident at the time of death. Other LSCBs or local organisations which have had involvement in the case should cooperate in jointly planning and undertaking the child death review. In the case of a looked after child, the LSCB for the area of the local authority looking after the child should exercise lead responsibility for conducting the child death review, involving other LSCBs with an interest or whose lead agencies have had involvement as appropriate.

Information relating to all children under the age of 18 is collected using the data set agreed with the Department of Education (Form B - please see Notification data).

Following review, all actions and recommendations will be tracked and reported back on in the CDOP action sheet following each meeting. The work of the Child Death Overview Panel is summarised in an annual report.

More information about the child death review process can be found within Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, Chapter 5 - Child Death Reviews, or you can contact:

Faith Lindley-Cooke, Child Death Overview Panel Co-ordinator
Email: faith.lindley-cooke@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk