Child Mortality and Social Deprivation, 18 May 2021

Many thanks to everyone who attended our dissemination event to share insights from our Child Mortality and Social Deprivation report, which took place on 18 May 2021 – an unprecedented 365 people from across the sector joined the event.

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.



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