The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) is an NHS funded programme, delivered by the University of Bristol, that gathers information on all children who die in England. We aim to learn lessons that could improve and save children’s lives in the future.

NEW: NCMD second annual report

Based on data for England, April 2019-March 2020

REPORT: Child Mortality and Social Deprivation

Finds a clear association between risk of child death and deprivation. 

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

What do CDR professionals need to know?

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)…

CDR guidance

Guidance to support CDOPs and CDR professionals to deliver robust reviews.



A series of FREE webinars aimed at CDOPs and other CDR professionals.


Safety notices

Safety notices for professionals to share with families.



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



The latest COVID-19 information for CDOPs, CDR professionals and others working in the sector…

Child mortality in the Covid-19 pandemic

This conference presentation uses real-time data on the deaths of children in England during the Covid-19 pandemic to assess child mortality during the period.There is an urgent need to understand the effect of Covid-19 on illness and mortality in children. This...

Postcard for bereaved families

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

Latest news and updates

Suicide in Children and Young People

Suicide in Children and Young People

This report, the second thematic report from the NCMD, looks at deaths that occurred or were reviewed by a child death overview panel between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020.

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CDR newsletter, July 2021

The July 2021 edition of NCMD’s CDR newsletter is out now, with details of our second annual report, other publications using NCMD data and more….

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Blog: “The value of short lives”

By NCMD's Manager, Vicky Sleap.   42% of child deaths occur in children under 28 days of age; this equates to just over 52 primary school classrooms.  I was...

Blog: “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”

NCMD's Manager, Vicky Sleap, considers the effect of deprivation on child mortality.   Last week NCMD published its first thematic report looking at child...

A new year, a new start

Vicky Sleap, NCMD Manager, shares details of what 2021 has in store for NCMD: 2021 is finally here and I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year. “A new...

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