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“The commitment and enthusiasm of CDOPs in particular means that the NCMD is a powerful tool in our arsenal to reduce child deaths”
Vicky Sleap, NCMD Manager

The purpose of collating information on child death 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. To support CDOPs and the wider child death review community to do this, NCMD offers a range of guidance and resources…

CDR newsletter, July 2021

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NEW: NCMD second annual report published

Analysis of child deaths, 2019-20.NCMD’s second annual report is based on data for children who died from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 in England, providing...

REPORT: Child Mortality and Social Deprivation

The risk of child death in England linked to deprivation. This report, which is based on data for children who died between April 2019 and March 2020 in...

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CDR guidance

Latest guidance:

Category of death: Clarifications

Find below details of how CDOPs and CDR professionals can help our analysis by ensuring consistent recording of the category of death, as follows: Category 5, Acute medical or surgical condition - should include sudden unexpected deaths with epilepsy (SUDEP). These...

CDR statutory form changes, April 2021

In response to feedback from CDOPs and other stakeholders, we are pleased to advise of improvements to CDR statutory forms as implemented in eCDOP and the NCMD portal, which are live from 1 April 2021. Developed in partnership with QES, these updates are designed to...

Reporting form flowchart

Reporting forms: A resource for CDOPsWe have produced a flowchart to support CDOPs and CDR professionals to know who should receive reporting forms under different circumstances.  To see it online, click here:    



Latest webinars:

Deprivation report: Findings shared at online event

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...

Supporting a robust CDR (and the impact of maternal charges)

Webinar, 20 May 2021We were extremely moved by the presentations given by our guest speakers at NCMD's May webinar (and we know from the comments given during the session, that many participants felt the same). Greenwich CDOP Chair and GP, Dr Nikesh Parekh, and...

The impact of CDR data during COVID

Webinar, 26 January 2021Many thanks to everyone who attended our most recent webinar on the impact of CDR data during the COVID-19 pandemic, which took place on 26 January 2021 - over 200 people from across the sector took part! Featuring a presentation by NHS...


Safety notices

Latest safety notices:

‘Super strong’ magnets

Please share this information as widely as possible to help raise awareness of this issue... The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the UK’s national product safety regulator, has issued a Safety Alert to warn of the risk of serious injury and death from...

Baby sling safety

The T.I.C.K.S rule for safe baby sling wearing from the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers (UK Sling Consortium) is a useful reminder of the key factors to take into account when using baby slings. They provide the following advice for baby sling...

Postnatal care/bed sharing (NICE guideline)

We welcome the final guideline from the National institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on postnatal care, which was published to their website on 20 April 2021. With supporting evidence, tools and a range of resources for professionals supporting families...



Latest publications and reports:

NCMD impact report June 2021

How did we do? NCMD's achievements for January to June 2021We are proud to share a summary of the impact that we have had during the period from January to June 2021, in the form of our latest bi-annual impact report. The achievements outlined in this report are the...


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