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					Draft 6 21.01.08
                   Draft Notification Process in Response to a Child Death

                                                          If death occurs at a Hospital:
         If death occurs outside of a                         Appropriate professional to contact
         Hospital environment, first                          Designated Paediatrician for
         Professional on the scene to:                        Unexpected Child Deaths (UCDs) /
          1)Notify the Police and                             Consultant Paediatrician on call
          2)An ambulance to take the CYP
               to A&E                                         Designated (UCDs)/Consultant
                                                         Paediatrician to undertake an examination
                                                           and determine if death is ‘unexpected’
           Professional certifying death to
                notify Child Death                         If death is ‘unexpected’ (e.g. where a
           Administrator (CDA) of death                     death certificate cannot be provided*)
            (CDA will collate information)                    Rapid Response processes to be

         Child Death Administrator (CDA) to
         notify and seek information from:              Local Authority
         •Social Care/EDT, Police, Education;           to notify LSCB
                                                       Chair, OFSTED,              If death is
         •LSCB Business Manager;
                                                        GOSE and PCT            unexplained or
         •Local agencies the child was known to.
                                                         to notify SHA              deemed
         With support of the LSCB Business Mgr
                                                       (as appropriate)        suspicious, Police
                                                                               can initiate a Child
    Where appropriate, CDA to             If the child is a resident of         Investigation – at
    retrieve information from         another LSCB area; Berkshire CDA         any stage of the
      any previous areas of             to notify the CDA in that LSCB             process
            residence                                 area.

             CDA to collate and anonymise              - Nominated Lead (Paediatrician, Police or
               information for review by               Social Care), CDOP Chair to contact LSCB
              Child Death Overview Panel               Chair to request a Serious Case Review
                        (CDOP)                         (SCR) if concerns about harm, neglect or
                                                       poor practice are identified;

                                                       - LSCB Chair to refer to LSCB Serious Case
               Chair/ Business Manager to              Review Sub-Group for recommendation;
                 communicate with LSCB
                                                       -OFSTED to be notified if SCR is undertaken.
                Members and Child Death
                   Overview Panel (as

 * NB: Deaths that require Rapid Response
 Deaths triggering a Rapid Response will be unexpected deaths that require immediate
 information sharing e.g. Suicides; any suspicion of abuse/neglect.

 Medically expected deaths or deaths where a full and sufficient medical cause is immediately
 available do not require Rapid Response, but will need to be ‘notified’ to Child Death
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                    Contact Details – Berkshire Local Authority Areas

Child Death Administrator
To be agreed

Designated Health Professionals

Berkshire West (Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire)
Dr Alexie Macrae (Designated Paediatrician) – 0118 9315800 or 0118 9315879
Jenny Selim (Designated Nurse) – 0118 9315828

Berkshire East (Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest)
Dr Louise Watson (Designated Paediatrician) – 01753 or 01753 638629
(Designated Nurse) – TBC

Designated Thames Valley Police Professionals

Please call this number to notify the Police:                       0845 8 505 505

Berkshire West
Linda York, Detective Inspector, Child Abuse Investigation Unit -   07967 360654

Berkshire East
Brian McDaid, Detective Inspector, Child Abuse Investigation Unit - 01753 835483

Social Care Duty Teams (Mon to Fri 9.00am-5.00pm)

Berkshire West
Reading                                         0118 955 3600           

West Berkshire                                  01635 503090        

Wokingham                                       0118 944 5300           

Berkshire East
Slough                                          01753 690898
Bracknell Forest                                01344 351582
Windsor and Maidenhead                          01628 683150

Emergency Duty Team (7 days a week, 5.00pm-9.00am):

Pan-Berkshire Out of Hours
Duty Team                                       01344 786543

LSCB Managers

Berkshire West
West Berkshire - Ros Haynes                     01635 503159
Wokingham - John Terry                          0118 9746203
Reading - Tina Gayle                            01189 390 900

Berkshire East
RBWM - Jerry Curtis                             01628 683224
Bracknell Forest - Andrea King                  01344 351572
Slough – Pat Leroy

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