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.

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)…

CDR guidance

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

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Events

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

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Safety notices

Safety notices for professionals to share with families.

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Publications

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

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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

Latest news and updates

NCMD Blog

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...

Maternal NHS charging: A threat to maternal and neonatal health

by Dr Nikesh Parekh Public Health Medical Associate and CDOP Chair, Royal Borough of Greenwich and GP, Seaford Medical Practice. Neonatal deaths represent 42%...

The value of short lives: Why we must learn what we can from every child death

  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. ...
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