Child death reviews

Child deaths

When a child dies, in any circumstances, it is important for parents, families and professionals involved in the child’s care to understand what has happened and whether there are any lessons to be learned.


The responsibility for ensuring child death reviews are carried out is held by ‘child death review partners’, who are defined as the local authority and any clinical commissioning groups operating in the local authority area.

The Child death review partners must make arrangements to review all deaths of children normally resident in the local area and, if they consider it appropriate, for any non-resident child who has died in their area. The purpose of a review and/or analysis is to identify any matters relating to the death, or deaths, that are relevant to the welfare of children in the area or to public health and safety, and to consider whether any action should be taken to prevent further deaths.

New process for child death reviews

New arrangements for the review of all child deaths are being introduced by end of September 2019.

View the Northern Lincolnshire child death review arrangements plan .

Review partners

Child death review partners for two or more local authority areas may combine and agree that their areas be treated as a single area for the purpose of undertaking child death reviews. North Lincolnshire CCG and North Lincolnshire Council have agreed to work with North East Lincolnshire CCG and Council to collective review child deaths in both local areas via Northern Lincolnshire Child Death Review arrangements. In addition, the Northern Lincolnshire arrangements will also contribute to learning on a wider footprint through a collaborative approach with East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Yorkshire and York Child Death Review arrangements.

Northern Lincolnshire Children Death Review Annual Report 2019/2020 (PDF, 492KB)

Lullaby Trust – Child death review process parent and carer guide – National data collection for child deaths

NHS Choices – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)