Information for professionals

“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 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...

2020/21 CDR data submission deadline

Extension deadline: 23 April 2021. Please note that data for the 2020/21 Child Death Review return (formerly LSCB1 return) - now submitted to the Dept of...

COVID-19 Information for CDR professionals

Child death review data significant in the fight against COVID-19.We are uniquely placed to our statutory position as a conduit for child death data across...

Information for families

CDR guidance

Latest guidance:

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:    

CDR webinar: Analysis forms

Webinar: Analysis forms-what does 'good' look like? With an absolutely unprecedented 212 participants from across the CDR sector, this latest webinar from NCMD on 22 September offered a practical demonstration of what makes an effective analysis form. Complete with an...

GUIDANCE: How to hold an effective Child Death Review meeting

Advice for CDR professionals on holding CDR meetingsNCMD has received a number of queries from CDR professionals asking for help with running CDRMs. Here we provide guidance on what to think about before, during and after the meeting as well as how to get the most out...



Latest webinars:

2021 webinar dates announced

NCMD is running a series of webinars and online events to support Child Death Review (CDR) practice and share the findings from our reports. Webinars for CDR professionals Our Quality Improvement (QI) series of webinars is aimed at CDOPs, designated doctors and other...

CANCELLED: Dissemination event for deprivation report

*Unfortunately, this event has been CANCELLED - we plan to reschedule, further details to follow* Child Mortality and Social DeprivationTuesday 20 April 2021 CANCELLED An event will be planned to disseminate the findings from our report Child Mortality and Social...

CANCELLED: March webinar

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS** 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...


Safety notices

Latest safety notices:

Open windows

Open windowsOpen 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. ...


Staying safe with fireworks, bonfires and sparklersFireworks are amazing to look at but they can be extremely dangerous, especially to children. Talk to them about what makes fireworks dangerous and what can happen when things don’t go as planned. Remind them that...

Baby sleeping bags

What to consider when using baby sleeping bagsPlease share with anyone interacting with families of young children… Baby sleeping bags are a good option as they prevent the baby’s head from being covered, but they must be manufactured to the highest standard. A recent...



Latest publications and reports:

NCMD impact report Dec 2020

How did we do? NCMD's achievements for July-December 2020We are proud to share a summary of the impact that we have had during the period from July to December 2020, in the form of our latest bi-annual impact report. The achievements outlined in this report are the...

CDR data 2019/20 report released

Child Death Review Data: Year ending 31 March 2020 NCMD has released a new report which covers child deaths in England between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and replaces the LSCB1 statistical return. More specifically, this report includes data on the deaths of...

NCMD postcard for bereaved families – NOW AVAILABLE

Postcard to explain NCMD to bereaved familiesWe have produced a postcard for distribution to families who are bereaved, that explains the NCMD database and the importance of our work. Available through Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs), these cards are intended to...


Further resources

For families

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