EVENT: North East and Yorkshire, Learning and Sharing event

EVENT: North East and Yorkshire, Learning and Sharing event

NCMD presentation at online event


NCMD Manager Vicky Sleap – along with CDR pioneer Professor Peter Fleming – will be presenting and taking part in the following event, hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement – North East and Yorkshire:

Learning and Sharing, 16 March, 1-3pm (online)

The programme includes:

  • National updates: Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Child Death Review: Vicky Sleap, Programme Manager, National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)
  • Consanguinity: Eduardo Moya, Consultant Paediatrician, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Safe sleeping: Professor Peter Fleming CBE, Professor of Infant Health and Developmental Physiology, University of Bristol

Followed by a Q&A.

How to register: For more information and to find out how to register, email NHS England and NHS Improvement – North East and Yorkshire.

Charities help to direct NCMD’s family engagement

Charities help to direct NCMD’s family engagement

Learning from Child Death: Effective Public Engagement, 2 February 2021

We owe an enormous debt to the many organisations who took the time to attend our event on effective public engagement on 2 February 2021. We are extremely grateful for their time and input, and know that their involvement will help to make our work and outputs both meaningful and appropriate for bereaved families. 

The request for voluntary sector involvement was very empathetic around fitting commitment to organisational need” Marcus Green, CEO, Action on Pre-eclampsia

With over 20 participants from organisations as wide ranging as bereavement support through to hospices and support services, the event featured a presentation by the CEO of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) charity The Lullaby Trust, Jenny Ward, who emphasised the importance that learning from national data has played – and can continue to play – in efforts to reduce child deaths. She was able to demonstrate the in-roads that organisations like hers are making in reducing child deaths when in-depth knowledge and data can be used to inform public messaging as well as policy and practice.

NCMD’s Programme Lead, Professor Karen Luyt, and Programme Manager, Vicky Sleap, also gave presentations to outline how we came about and evolved, and on how organisations can support us to engage with families effectively going forward.

Thanks to everyone who took part, we now have a range of knowledge and support to draw upon – though we are aware that different organisations will want – and be able – to engage with us in a variety of ways at different levels and at different times. An ethos that will underpin our public engagement work in the future. We hope to hold our next public engagement event in the summer of 2021, and it will most likely be virtual. In the meantime, we are setting up a Public Engagement Network of organisations from across the sector to steer our work and to support them in engaging with each other.

Get involved: If you are a charity or other organisation supporting bereaved families, and you would like to know more about how you can become involved in NCMD’s public engagement work, please email us.


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Open windows

Open windows can be dangerous to children of all ages, but particularly to young children and if the windows are higher than ground level. This is especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are all being encouraged to increase ventilation. 

One child under five is admitted to hospital every day after falling from a building (CAPT)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recommends that windows above the ground floor are fitted with restrictors to prevent children falling out. They also recommend that restrictors incorporating a child safely catch are best (as this avoids the complication of having to find keys in an emergency situation).

In addition, the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) states that nationally, one child under five is admitted to hospital every day after falling from a building – often from open windows but also from balconies. They have published the following information in relation to pre-school children:

  • They are curious and want to see what’s happening outside but have no real understanding of danger.
  • They can take parents by surprise by a sudden breakthrough in their development. You think they don’t climb but, before you know it, they can clamber up on furniture or haul their toy box across the floor and open a window. And accidents can happen very quickly, when your back is turned or you’re distracted for a minute.
  • Small children are built differently to adults – their heads are proportionally much bigger than ours, so they have a different centre of gravity. This means that, if they lean out of a window, they may topple out. And when they land, their head takes much of the impact.

Please share this advice with families and organisations such as schools and nurseries who are responsible for young children.

For more information, go to RoSPA’s website and CAPT’s website.


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March 2021 webinar announced

March 2021 webinar announced

How to complete an effective reporting form

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 10:30-11.45am

This webinar is aimed at CDOP chairs, managers and administrators, designated doctors and other child death review professionals in addition to anyone involved in CDR who is asked to complete reporting and supplementary reporting forms, and will feature:

A presentation by NCMD Manager Vicky Sleap who will outline what information to include if you receive a request to complete reporting and supplementary reporting forms. This webinar will also explore what happens to the information that is provided, and there will be an opportunity to submit a question for a live Q&A session…

Do you have a question?

There will be a live Q&A session to address questions posed in advance of the webinar on the subject of reporting forms. If you would like to raise a question, please submit it by email to NCMD by 19 March. We will then select a number to be raised on the day.

How to attend

Child death review professionals and others involved in CDR need to be invited to join NCMD’s FREE webinars (you will need a valid NHS email address or similar identification). Invitations will be sent out by mid-February; if you haven’t received an invitation by then and would like to take part, please email NCMD.

Past webinars

Details of NCMD’s previous webinars can be found here.

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