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Child Death Reviews: year ending 31 March 2018

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In the year ending 31 March 2018:

  • Around 4 in 10 child deaths were due to a neonatal event. Sudden death in infancy, apparent homicide and drowning were the most common event that led to a child's death that had modifiable factors (all around two-thirds of their respective totals).
  • Consistent with previous years, the majority of child death reviews completed were for children who died under the age of one (65%).
  • Nearly 4 in every 10 deaths reviewed in children aged 28 days – 364 days and children aged 15 – 17 years were identified as having modifiable factors. This is a higher proportion when compared to the youngest of babies; only 25% of deaths in children aged under 28 days were identified as having modifiable factors.

Figure 4: Age at the time of death by modifiable and no modifiable factors (%) in the year ending 31 March 2018

Graph showing 28-364 day olds with highest percentage of modifiable factors, 5-9 year olds lowest


  • Similar proportions of girls (30%) and boys (29%) had deaths identified as having modifiable factors.
  • Of the deaths where ethnicity is known, children from a mixed ethnic background had more modifiable factors identified (34%) than other ethnic backgrounds.

Last edited: 20 September 2019 1:40 pm