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Statutory and Operational Guidance for Child Death Review

The Department of Health and Social Care has published statutory and operational guidance for Child Death Review.

This guidance sets out, in detail, expectations for the review of all deaths of children under 18 years of age from whatever cause. It builds on Chapter 5 Working Together to Safeguard Children, which set out new arrangements for child death review partners (CCG’s and Local Authorities) relating to the review of child deaths. In conjunction with this guidance, NHS England has now published a guide to help families called “when a child dies”. This summarises the new processes that take place when a child dies.