Deaths from child accidents

November 2012

This article also addresses the questions:

  • Which English region has the highest death rate for childhood accidents?
  • Is the number of children dying from accidents increasing or decreasing?

The chart below shows the total number of deaths due to accidents for children and young people from birth-14 years in England and Wales. Happily the number of child deaths each year is declining steadily. However, too many children are still dying from preventable accidents – 143 in 2011 and 68 of these were under fives.

Deaths due to unintentional injuries, birth - 14 years
England and Wales 1979-20110 to 14 child deaths

Which English region has the highest death rate for accidents?

The accident rate varies substantially in different regions. The chart below shows the age-standardised accidental death rates for children under the age of 15. The data is taken from 2003-2005.

The centre of the graph shows the England average – around 2.7 deaths from accidents per 100,000 children. Those regions in the bottom half (West Midlands, North West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber) had a higher-than-average death rate.

The chart contains confidence intervals which can aid comparisons against the national rate and other regional rates. If the confidence interval for a region does not overlap another, then the two are statistically significantly different.

Age standardised deaths of children due to accidents 2003-2005

This shows that, in the period 2003-2005, in the South West around 2 children in every 100,000 died as a result of preventable accidents, whereas in Yorkshire and Humber the figure was double that - more than 4 per 100,000.

The data from 2006-2008 shows an improvement in the figures, with the average death rate dropping to 2.3 per 100,000.

Age standardised deaths of children due to accidents 2006-2008

 

The charts below illustrate the reduction in the death rate for each region, as well as the average death rate in England.

All regions have experienced a noticeable drop in the number of children under 15 killed accidents. Yorkshire and the Humber had almost 20% fewer deaths from accidents in 2006-2008 than in 2003-2005.

Change in accident death rate

Percentage reduction in child deaths by region

 

Would you like a copy of this information?

Click on the link below to download a spreadsheet containing extracts from the original data and the charts shown above.

How many children die from accidents? (Accessible format)

Sources

The first graph on this page (No of deaths due to accidents for children and young people in England and Wales) comes from the annual Office of National Statistics publications on Mortality Statistics.

The rest of the information comes from the NHS Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base, and was produced with help from the East Midlands Public Health Observatory. All information is accurate at the time of writing, although it is designed as a summary rather than in-depth analysis. For more information, visit the NHS Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base, which has more information on the methods of data collection, as well as accident mortality statistics broken down by age and gender.

Updated June 2013