Child Mortality and Social Deprivation, 18 May 2021
“An excellent and moving report” bereavement charity partner, who attended this event
Featuring a presentation by NCMD’s Programme, Professor Karen Luyt, this event highlighted the key findings from the report – which is based on data for children who died in England between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and explores the association between the risk of child death and deprivation – including:
- There is a clear association between the risk of child death and the level of deprivation (for all categories of death except cancer)
- Over a fifth of all child deaths might be avoided if children living in the most deprived areas had the same mortality risk as those living in the least deprived – which translates to over 700 fewer children dying per year in England
- The most common age at death was less than 1 year (63%)
- More boys than girls died (56.5% vs 43.5%)
- The majority of children who died lived in urban areas (87.8%), and
- On average, there was a 10% increase in the risk of death between each decile* of increasing deprivation.
The report can be read in full here.
Listen again: A recording of this event is available by using this link (zoom recording).
Presentation slides: The slides from Professor Luyt’s presentation can also be downloaded from here.
*Each area is placed in one of 10 deciles, containing approximately the same number of people across England, with increasing measures of deprivation. For this work, deciles were coded with 1 being the least, and 10 the most deprived.