Registrars of Births and Deaths must supply the designated person in the relevant LSCB with information about the deaths of:
- Persons under 18 in respect of whom they have registered the death
- Persons in respect of whom the entry of death is corrected and it is believed that the person was or may have been under the age of 18 at the time of death
Since April 2009, Registrars are required to send notification within 7 days of the date of registration of any child death to the LSCB covering the area where the child lived.
Coroners may share information with the LSCB for the purpose of reviewing child deaths and undertaking Serious Case Reviews. Coroners must inform the LSCB for the area in which the child died of the fact of an inquest or post mortem.
On receipt of an initial report of a death of a child, the LSCB should inform the coroner of the address to which future information should be sent and should draw to the attention of the Coroner any information relevant to his/her investigations.
Deaths should be notified to the designated person by the professional confirming the fact of the child’s death.
Agencies involved with the case will supply information from their case records to the senior investigating officer and designated paediatrician.
Parents should have the opportunity to contribute comments or questions to the review.
Any professional hearing of a local child death in circumstances that mean it may not yet be known about e.g. death of a child abroad, can inform the designated person of the death.