Overview of Child Deaths

Child Death Overview Panel

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board (SSSCB) 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.

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 CDOP has a professional from public health as well as child health.

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 Child Death, South Staffordshire

Martin Samuels

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

Alex Tabor

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

Caroline Groves

 Designated Doctor for Child 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

Lynne Milligan

Interim Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board Manager

Angela Jervis

Head of Safeguarding Children, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Stephanie Nightingale

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. 

All child deaths should be notified to the Child Death Overview Panel by going directly to the link:


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.