Each death of a child is a tragedy for his or her family, and subsequent enquiries / investigations should keep an appropriate balance between forensic and medical requirements and the family’s need for support. A minority of unexpected deaths are the consequence of abuse or neglect or are found to have abuse or neglect as an associated factor. Across Dudley, all statutory agencies are committed to working together to conduct coordinated enquiries.
Government legislation since April 2008 require LSCB’s to review the death of every child (from 0 up to the age of 18) in the area. This reflects the need to learn any lessons that may help to reduce child deaths in the future.