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National Child Mortality Database

We are supporting the National Child Mortality Database to help reduce child deaths.

We are collaborating with the University of Bristol, the University of Oxford and QES (a specialist web developer) to establish a national child mortality database.


This work aims to reduce the number of potentially avoidable child deaths by analysing data to inform improvements in health and social care, helping providers to learn how they can reduce child deaths.


Around 4,000 children and adolescents die every year before their 19th birthday in England.

When a child dies in England, a Child Death Overview Panel is convened to investigate the cause of death. Over the last decade the Child Death Overview Panel process has gradually evolved to reduce variability.

In 2016, a review recommended the implementation of a national database to collate information gathered by Child Death Overview Panels. This recommendation received overwhelming support from parents and professional stakeholders.

Establishing a National Child Mortality Database

The National Child Mortality Database has been commissioned by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and will collate data from Child Death Overview Panels at a national level, analysing this to facilitate learning to reduce child deaths.

We will contribute to this work by providing expert support with stakeholder engagement and guidance on Quality Improvement methodology to help implement change.