Photography by Katie Wilson for The Childhood Trust’s Bedroom of London Exhibition. 

NCMD’s next report will explore the association between the risk of child death and deprivation. Child Mortality and Social Deprivation is based on data for children who died in England between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, and is projected to be published on our website in May 2021. This report also contains analysis of the more detailed information we hold on child deaths that were reviewed by a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) in that period, and so offers further insights into those deaths.

The under 5 mortality rate in the UK was the second highest in Western Europe in 2019 (4.1 per 1000, compared with a Western European average of 3.4 per 1000)*

In addition to analysis and potential interventions based on the data collected, Child Mortality and Social Deprivation contains case studies from CDOPs who are focusing on poverty, with the aim of reducing the number of deaths where deprivation appears to be a factor going forward. These exemplar projects highlight the value of using local learning to influence changes in local and regional policies.

We are also pleased to announce that this report includes an insightful a foreword by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of UCL Institute of Health Equity, who published both the Marmot Review (on health inequalities in England) in 2010 and the follow-up report Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On in 2020, and is now known for the Build Back Fairer campaign. We are grateful for his input, and look forward to sharing his insights – together with the rest of the report – with organisations and professionals across child health and social care.

How to get the report: Child Mortality and Social Deprivation is projected to be published in full on the NCMD website in May 2021 (though please note that this date is subject to change). To receive an update when it is available, sign up to our mailing list.

Date for your diary: An online event to disseminate the findings from this report is provisionally expected to be held on 18 May (more info here). The date of this event will be confirmed – and invitations will be sent to all who expressed an interest in the original event – by the second week in May (please contact us by email after that date if you did not receive an invitation but would like to attend).

More information on other webinars from NCMD can be found here.

*Source: Global Burden of Disease Study, 2019 – Lozano, Fullman, Mumford et al