National CDOP conference
On Monday 11 June FSID hosted a successful conference for Child Death Overview Panel [CDOP] staff to
promote the sharing of information and best practice. The key note speaker was Tim Loughton MP, Minister
from the Department for Education, who has specific responsibility for safeguarding children.
The Minister has commissioned a feasibility study to explore how best to learn lessons from the data held
and collected by Child Death Overview Panels. He said that he hoped the study will commence in
October with findings presented to him in early 2013.
FSID Chief Executive, Francine Bates, welcomed the announcement: “This is a good step forward. We want
to see a central point where all national data is collected. This will identify key trends and patterns in child
mortality, especially infant deaths.
"Pooling infant death data will help us identify the prevalence of deaths where key risks are present, such as
smoking near a baby, drinking alcohol and co-sleeping. Making this information available nationally means
we will be able to target parents more effectively with safe sleep messages in the future.
“I hope the feasibility study will be carried out swiftly and ministers will ultimately commit to setting up a
national child death database in 2013 – an essential tool if we want to significantly reduce the rate of child
mortality in this country.”
View presentations from the conference