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

This data release covers all child deaths notified and reviewed in England between 2020 and 2021

Suicide in Children and Young People

This report draws on data from the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) to identify the common characteristics of children and young people who die by suicide

Child Mortality and Social Deprivation

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.



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.



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

Child death review data release 2021

This data release covers child deaths notified and reviewed between 2020 and 2021, and gives readers an opportunity to explore the data for themselves. The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) was notified of 3,068 child deaths in England between April 2020 and...

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


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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