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Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures Manual

Death of, or Serious Injury to, a Child


Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 defines as a notifiable incident as an incident involving the care of a child which meets any of the following criteria:

  • A child has died (including cases of suspected suicide), and abuse or neglect is known or suspected;
  • A child has been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected;
  • A looked after child has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected); or
  • A child in a regulated setting* or service has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected).

Regulated settings and services: Childcare on domestic premises; Childcare on non-domestic premises; Home childcarer; Childminder; Children's Homes (including secure children's homes); Adoption Support Agencies; Voluntary Adoption Agencies; Independent Fostering agencies; Residential Family Centres and Holiday Schemes for Disabled Children.

Working Together requires the local authority to report any incident that meets the above criteria to Ofsted and, the relevant LSCB(s) promptly, and within five working days of becoming aware that the incident has occurred.

This chapter outlines the steps that should be taken in the event of the suspicious death of/serious harm to a child living in the community or the death of/serious harm to any child in care (Looked After). These steps are in addition to any actions carried out in relation to the need to hold a Serious Case Review and the work of the Child Death Overview Panel.


This guidance was updated in December 2015, to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

This chapter is currently under review.


For detailed information on the processes in Derby and Derbyshire for responding to the death of, or serious injury to, a child please click on the relevant link below:

Derby City – Death of or Serious Harm to a Child

Derbyshire – Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)