About NCMD

“It is vital to share learning about the changing risks to children’s safety and wellbeing” Katrina Phillips, Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)

The NCMD national data collection and analysis system is the first of its kind anywhere in the world to record comprehensive data, standardised across a whole country (England), on the circumstances of children’s deaths. The purpose of collating information nationally is to ensure that deaths are learned from, that learning is widely shared and that actions are taken, locally and nationally, to reduce the number of children who die.

The programme was established and is delivered by the University of Bristol, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL) Partners and the software company QES. It also includes representation from bereaved families through the NCMD charity partners: Child Bereavement UK, The Lullaby Trust and Sands.


The aims of the project are to:

  • Capture, analyse and disseminate appropriate data and learning from child death reviews
  • Drive the quality of child death review at every stage through bench-marking and quality improvement (QI) methodology
  • Study and analyse the patterns, causes and associated risk factors of child mortality in England, providing information to target preventative health and
    social care and to assist in policy decisions, and
  • Develop a sustainable model after the lifetime of the project.


Learning from the past to change and improve the future is the very reason that NCMD exists; and we thank the entire CDR community for enabling us to do just that. Find below, details of our achievements in our annual and impact reports:

Further outputs can be found under Publications. See also, our Frequently Asked Questions.


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