Child Death Review team
The Child Death Review (CDR) Team is responsible for ensuring that the statutory child death review process is completed for every child who dies.
We are a community-based team consisting of a manager, community paediatricians, public health and safeguarding colleagues, a specialist family key worker and administrators.
What we do
We review the deaths of all live-born babies and children up to their 18th birthday. The law requires each CCG and local authority to do this to establish the cause of death, identify any contributory factors, provide ongoing support to the family and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of other children. We may make local, regional, or national recommendations to reduce the risk of future child deaths and to improve services for all children and their families.
Support for bereaved families
All bereaved families will be assigned a key worker who will provide information on the CDR process and signpost them to sources of support.
The key worker will help co-ordinate meetings between the family and professionals, and liaise if needed with the coroner’s officer, police family liaison officer, hospital consultant or GP. They will signpost to bereavement support when needed. The key worker can represent the voice of the family at professional meetings, ensuring that any questions raised by the family are addressed and that feedback is provided to them afterwards.