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Child Death Review Process

The Child Death Overview Panel is responsible for reviewing the deaths of any children who are normally resident in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Local Authority areas, whether from natural, unnatural, know or unknown causes, at home, in hospital or in the community.

The purpose of this review is to:-

  • Reduce the number of childhood deaths
  • Identify matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children
  • Identify wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths
  • Undertake a co-ordinated agency response to all unexpected deaths of children

Further information can be found in the documents below:-

Notification of a child death

Any agency who becomes aware of either:-

  • A child death occurring in Southend, Essex or Thurrock
  • A death of a child who is normally resident in Southend, Essex or Thurrock, occurring outside of the Borough

Should make a notification to the SET Child Death Review Manager via their nominated Child Death Review Lead.

To make the notification, please follow the link below to complete the Notification Form within 24 hours.

Notification Form link

On submission of your Notification, our Child Death Review Health Team will be alerted and will be able to view the Form.  The Form will also automatically be shared with the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD).

If you experience any problems with submitting a notification via the above link please contact:-

Janet Levett, Southend, Essex and Thurrock Child Death Review Manager
Child Death Review Team
Tel:- 01992 566131

Further information on Child Death Reviews can be found here

Contact details for the Rapid Response Countywide Service can be found here

Child Death Annual Reports

An Annual Report is produced which provides information that will assist professionals in understanding child deaths.  Although some child deaths are unavoidable, there are occasions where we may be able to reduce this risk then there are aspects known as modifiable factors.  These are things that we may be able to change, through the lifestyle that we live or through better safety precautions.

pdf iconAnnual Report 2018-19 


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