Each year, almost 2,000 more children die in the UK than in Sweden, Europe's best performing country for childhood mortality.
Why Children Die: Death in Infants, Children and Young People in the UK brings together evidence on the causes of child death and calls for action to prevent childhood mortality and break the link between poverty and poor health.
- Over half of childhood deaths occur during the first year of a child’s life
- Mortality rates are noticeably higher for babies born to parents from lower socio-economic groups
- Key factors that increase the risk of infant death include smoking during pregnancy and maternal age, both of which are also linked to poverty
- Every year, there are many deaths of children and adolescents that could have been presented, particularly those resulting from injury and poisoning
Our policy responses to the report
In partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, we developed recommendations on how to tackle premature mortality in England and Northern Ireland.
Read our policy response for England.
Read our policy response for Northern Ireland.