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…

Briefing published: Child suicide during COVID-19

Child Suicide Rates during the COVID-19 Pandemic in England: Real-time SurveillanceThis briefing, which is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England, describes the findings from our real-time surveillance system...

COVID-19 Information for CDR professionals

Child death review data significant in the fight against COVID-19.We are uniquely placed to our statutory position as a conduit for child death data across the whole country to support the fight against COVID-19. As such, we have established a real-time surveillance...

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


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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