NEL Child Death Process

The death of a child is a tragedy and it is vital that every Child Death is carefully reviewed.

This is so that we may learn as much as possible from them, in order to better support families and to try to prevent future deaths.The LSCB are responsible for ensuring these reviews are undertaken by the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) for each child death in our area. 

Please see the CDOP Process For Families – Leaflet From Lullaby Trust which is a guide for Parents and Carers which explains the Child Death Review process. 

National Data Collection for Child Deaths



Learning from Child Deaths incudes making sure babies and children are provided with safe sleeping arrangements.

Joint Safe Sleep Protocol


Lullaby Trust Safe Sleeping Guidance

Promoting Safe Baby Care


Please see the below fact sheets from The Lullaby Trust

Please note these factsheets are designed to support key advice and do not go into detail about the research behind the advice. Lullaby Trust's Evidence Base goes into detail about the research into SIDS that has informed their advice.

Room Sharing - Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months, even during the day.

Bed Sharing - Some parents choose to share a bed (also known as co-sleeping) with their babies. It is important for you to know that there are some circumstances in which bed-sharing with your baby can be very dangerous

SIDS and Smoking - Smoking cigarettes while you’re pregnant or after your baby is born greatly increases the risk of SIDS (also known as cot death), and your baby can be affected by either you or your partner smoking

Sleeping Position - The safest sleeping position for your baby is on their back – day and night. 

Breast Feeding - Breastfeeding for even a few days is better than none but the recommended time is a minimum of 6 months

Mattresses and Bedding - The safest mattresses for your baby are firm and flat and protected by a waterproof cover

Using a Dummy - Some research suggests that it is possible that using a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of sudden infant death.

Room Temperature - It is important to make sure that your baby’s room is a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold.

A Clear Cot is a Safer Cot - It is safest to keep baby’s cot clear of any items such as bumpers, toys and loose bedding. 

Premature Babies - Babies who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) or of low birth weight (under 2.5kgs) are particularly vulnerable to SIDS and it is important that all the safer sleep advice is followed

Swaddling and Slings - If you choose to swaddle your baby or use a sling it is very important to follow guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS

E-Cigarettes - There is not yet any research on e-cigarettes and SIDS, but using an e-cigarette appears to be much safer than continuing to smoke.

NHS CHOICES - SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS)                                                       

NHS Choices - SIDS


Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.  They offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health professionals and others.

Please click here to visit Website

Contact: 020 7436 5881



Child Death Overview Panel Practitioner Report

Child Death Public Report 2010-2016

Publications on Safer Sleeping can be sought from the Lullaby Trust including posters, leaflets and other activities -  Please click for more information

If you would like the opportunity to talk freely, for as long as required, with a sympathetic and understanding listener please call our Helpline:

Lullaby Trust Bereavement Helpline 0808 802 6868


(answered by trained befrienders, all with personal experience of bereavement)

Calls to the Helpline are free from all landlines and most mobile phone networks. The Helpline is open:

Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Weekends & Public Holidays 6:00pm - 10:00pm