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

NCMD’s next report will explore any potential association between the risk of child death and levels of 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 expected to be published on our website on 13 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 deaths that occurred at any time before 31 March 2020 if the Child Death Review (CDR) process was completed by that date.

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 expected to be published in full on the NCMD website on Thursday 13 May 2021. To receive an update when it is available, sign up to our mailing list (please also share details of this report with your colleagues from the sector).

Date for your diary CANCELLED: Please accept our apologies, but the online event on 20 April has been CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled shortly and invitations will be sent to all who expressed an interest in the original event. More information on other webinars from NCMD can be found here.

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