Child Death Overview Panel

Introduction to Child Death Overview Panels

Whenever a child dies in Wirral the death must be reviewed by a multi-agency panel established by the Statutory Child Death Partners (the Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group). The Partners have a statutory duty to record and review child deaths to see if there were any preventable and modifiable factors which we can learn from in order to prevent similar deaths in the future. Unfortunately some deaths of children can be predicted (such as those involving a terminal illness), but others may have been preventable (for example by wearing a seatbelt), and we can learn from these tragic events to protect other children.

To fulfil the statutory child death duty the safeguarding partners have a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) for their area. Since 2011 Wirral has been part of the Merseyside CDOP which includes the 5 boroughs of Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens and Sefton. Since 2020 the Isle of Man has also become part of Merseyside CDOP

The CDOP Annual report for 2022-23 is published below.

Previous reports:

CDOP Annual Report 2021-22

CDOP Annual Report 2020-21

CDOP Annual Report 2019-20

CDOP Annual Report 2018-19

CDOP Annual Report 2017-18

SUDiC Protocol

The updated Sudden Unexpected Death in an Infant or Child protocol can be accessed here:

SUDiC 0-18 YEARS – FINAL 23.6.2020

Covid-19 SUDiC Interim Guidance

Summary Flowchart for Professionals

The flowchart summarises the steps to be taken when a child dies unexpectedly in Wirral.

Leaflet for Professionals

Merseyside CDOP has produced a leaflet for professionals providing information about the CDOP process, what happens at SUDiC meetings and their purpose, roles and responsibilities of professionals, and support services for themselves, team members and children.


CDOP Leaflet for Professionals

CDOP  Newsletters and Learning

The Merseyside Child Death Overview Panel publish quarterly newsletters to raise awareness of potentially fatal, but avoidable risks to children and young people. The newsletters can be downloaded below:

Newsletter Autumn 2017

Newsletter Summer 2017

Use of air mattresses with infants – August 2017, warning from Warrington Hospital

Bath Safety Advice Leaflet – March 2017, a useful advice leaflet from Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust

CDOP Spring 2016 Newsletter


Learning from CDOP – The Safer Sleep Campaign

safer sleepThe Merseyside CDOPs launched the safer sleep campaign in December 2015.

Merseyside’s five Safeguarding Children Boards, Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens, came together to create the safe sleeping campaign to help deliver safer sleep messages across Merseyside.

Safer Sleep for Baby is based around six simple steps, designed to be easy to follow and cover the main risk factors. We want all agencies involved with families to speak in a unified voice to reinforce our messages to parents and carers. Research evidence shows that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in their cot, in the parents’ bedroom for the first six months of life.  Campaigns to support this have had a positive impact; the number of babies dying, suddenly and unexpectedly, reduced significantly following the introduction of the ‘Back to Sleep’ Campaign in 1991.

A Safer Sleep 7 minute briefing poster is available below:

Safer Sleep – 7 min Briefing Merseyside CDOP

six steps

To help professionals to champion safe sleep there are several documents on this page to support the campaign including a poster illustrating the six steps and a guide for parents. With the launch of the campaign resources have been distributed to key partner agencies to support the campaign.


Safer Sleep 6 steps poster

Mini Safe Sleep Poster

View further information about safe sleep from the Lullaby Trust:

Awareness Raising Posters

Baby Slings

SCR Learning Poster Unborn Awareness

WSCB Safer Sleep Poster

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