Policies and Procedures

Stockport child death overview panel – statutory responsibilities and arrangements

This document details the process that the council and Stockport CCG will undertake to make sure that all child deaths are reviewed under the requirements of the Children Act 2004 as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018. We’re fully committed  to “the process of systematically reviewing the deaths of children which is grounded in respect for the rights of children and their families, with the intention of learning what happened and why, and preventing future child deaths.” (Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018).  


NHS England has published When a Child Dies: A Guide for Parents and Carers, setting out the steps that follow the death of a child.

The collation and sharing of the learning from reviews is managed by the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) through the use of standardised forms.

From the 1 April 2021, all child death notifications must be reported electronically via the Greater Manchester eCDOP system.

It’s a statutory requirement to notify the CDOP of all child deaths, aged 0 to 17 years of age.  If there are a number of agencies involved, liaison should take place to agree which agency will submit the notification.  You must provide as much information as possible to the CDOP.

For more information on any of the responsibilities and arrangements please email:  


The Safeguarding awareness days 2021 calendar (PDF 258Kb) provides details of the awareness days which are promoted via our own and the Stockport Safeguarding Children Partnerships twitter feeds. To follow us on twitter search for @StockportSAB and @StockportSCP.

You can read our communications strategy which outlines the way the SSCP and SSAB will work to promote safeguarding through the use of communication to both professionals and the public within Stockport.

Child abuse or neglect

Do not ignore it:

  • call 0161 217 6028 – Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5pm, Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • or 0161 718 2118 – evenings and weekends

Stockport Pathway for Service from Children’s Social Care

If you’ve any concerns about the welfare of a child and/or you want to seek a service from Children’s Social Care or the Supporting Families Pathway, call the Contact Centre on 0161 217 6028 or 0161 718 2188 out of hours.

LADO referral form

The Designated Officer for the Local Authority, previously known as LADO is the single point of contact for all professionals to report concerns, request advice and share information regarding a concern or allegation against an employee, volunteer or professional working with or providing services to children in Stockport

To make a referral visit the Stockport Council website. 

Supplementary Stockport Procedures  

Stockport retains a small number of procedures specific to Stockport which are supplementary to the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures:  

Safeguarding children in specific circumstances  

Early Years practitioners and Childminders  

A step by step guide for Early Years practitioners. The safeguarding cards below contain information about what to do if you’re concerned about the welfare of a child.  

7 minute briefings  

If you have any queries contact the SSCP Business Manager:

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