The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) is an NHS-funded programme delivered by the University of Bristol. We gather information on all children who die in England, so that we can improve and save children’s lives in the future.

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Meaningful Engagement with Real People

This case study looks at how lived experience of the issues under study can be brought into research reports

Child death review data release 2021

Our annual data release gives you the chance to explore complete data on child mortality in England for yourself

Suicide in Children and Young People

This thematic report draws on data from the NCMD to identify the common characteristics of children and young people who die by suicide

Child Mortality and Social Deprivation

Using unique NCMD data, this thematic report finds a clear association between risk of child death and deprivation

NCMD for professionals

NCMD has a range of resources for Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) and other health and social care professionals working in Child Death Review (CDR)…

Child death review guidance

Guidance to support professionals to deliver robust child death reviews.



We run free events for child death review professionals and other audiences.


Safety notices

Safety notices for professionals to share with families.



NCMD’s annual and thematic reports, newsletters, blog articles and more.


Postcard for bereaved families

NCMD for families

“One of the things you want most when your child dies is learning so that another parent doesn’t go through the same devastating experience,” bereaved mother

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Healing conversations: Experiencing grief as a professional

by Sarah Harris, Director of Bereavement Support and Education, Child Bereavement UK. Sometimes, if I’m honest, I find it difficult to talk about my work. In...

In their own words: Putting bereaved parents at the heart of hospital reviews

Sarah and Andrew Malm went through a hospital review process in 2010 following the death of their son Rudy, pictured, who died shortly after

Covid deaths in children: What impact has the pandemic had on child mortality?

by Professor Karen Luyt Programme Lead for the National Child Mortality Database and Professor of Neonatal Medicine at the University of Bristol and...

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