Bereaved Parents

Bereaved Parents - child's shoe

The death of a child is a tragedy; as parents we don’t usually expect a child to die before us. The Essex Safeguarding Children Board have a responsibility to review the death of every child under the age of 18.

Child death review process

A leaflet is available for parents, families and carers to help explain why the death of every child under the age of 18 needs to be reviewed by professionals from a number of different organisations:

By reviewing all child deaths we can seek to understand the reasons for the death and to learn as much as possible to prevent future childhood deaths and to support families.

The Lullaby Trust and Child Bereavement UK also provide information and support on their websites.

Other resources

ChildLine When someone dies

RD4U Bereavement Care for Children 

Cruse Bereavement Care Bereavement Support

Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity