National Child Mortality Database Programme – Child Mortality and Social Deprivation Thematic Report

Reports | Published: 13 May 2021

The aim of this work was to identify, and quantify, any association between measures of deprivation and childhood mortality in the data reported to the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) over the 2019/20 year. Data was downloaded from NCMD on 30th September 2020 and included deaths which occurred, or were reviewed by, a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020.

There was a clear association between the risk of death and the level of deprivation for children who died in England between April 2019 and March 2020. This association appeared to exist for all categories of death except malignancy.

This report recommends using the data in this report to develop and monitor the impact of future strategies to reduce social deprivation and inequalities.

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National Child Mortality Database Programme – Child Mortality and Social Deprivation Thematic Report