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...

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Latest webinars:

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...

CDR data 2019/20

Webinar, 24 November 2020Many thanks to everyone who attended our most recent webinar by NCMD Data Analyst, Tom Williams, on the Child Death Review (CDR) data for 2019/20 - which replaces the LSCB1 statistical return and was released earlier this month. This latest...

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...


Safety notices

Latest safety notices:

SAFETY NOTICE: Button batteries

Batteries are extremely dangerous if swallowedPlease share with anyone interacting with families of young children… Button batteries must be kept out of reach of children at all times - even if thought to be flat. In particular, powerful lithium coin cell batteries...

SAFETY NOTICE: Sleep positioning devices

Sleep positioning devices are NOT recommended for babies Please share with anyone interacting with families of young children… We do not recommend the use of 'sleep positioning devices' or rolled-up blankets and alike to keep your baby in one position - unless you...

SAFETY NOTICE: Safer sleep advice for babies

Safer sleep advice to reduce the risk of SIDS Please share with anyone interacting with families of young children…  To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), we recommend that families follow safer sleep advice for babies at all times (whether night...



Latest publications and reports:

NCMD impact report published

How did we do? NCMD's achievements for Jan-June 2020Learning from the past to change and improve the future is the very reason that NCMD exists; and we thank the entire CDR community for enabling us to do just that. We are proud to share a summary of the impact that...

Briefing published: Child suicide during COVID-19

Child Suicide Rates during the COVID-19 Pandemic in England: Real-time SurveillanceThis briefing, which is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England, describes the findings from our real-time surveillance system...

NCMD publishes first annual report

NCMD publishes first annual report The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) Programme has today published its first annual report.The NCMD programme collates and analyses information collected from Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) reviews of all live-born...


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