Child Deaths

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LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear Office for National Statistics,

In relation to deaths of minors (aged under 16) recorded since 1 January 2005 please state:

1. How many were recorded as suicide.
2. How many were recorded as suspicious.
3. How many were recorded as accidental.
4. How many child deaths have been recorded in total.

In relation to the above statistics please state how many of the children had been in the Care of their Local Authority at the time of death.

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear Office for National Statistics,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Office for National Statistics's handling of my FOI request 'Child Deaths'.

Your response is delayed.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

Paul Wearn, Office for National Statistics

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Our Reference: FOI01064/Palmer/QE1

I am writing to confirm that the Office for National Statistics has now
completed its search for the information which you requested and a copy of
the information is enclosed.
Please find attached a dataset showing the number of deaths of children
aged 15 and under, where the underlying cause was an accident, assault,
intentional self-harm or an event of undetermined intent in England and
Wales between 2005 and 2009.

The mortality data held by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) comes
from the information recorded at death registration. The causes you listed
would all be referred to a coroner, so the cause of death is taken from
the conditions / events mentioned on the coroner's death certificate. All
of the conditions mentioned on a death certificate are coded using the
International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision (ICD 10), and an
underlying cause of death is selected using ICD coding rules. The
categories included in the table are based on ICD 10 codes and they are
all causes classed as 'External causes of mortality'. There is no ICD code
for a suspicious death, and coroners cannot record a verdict of
'suspicious death', so this has not been included in the attached table.
Instead the attached table includes the types of deaths that would be
referred to a coroner for investigation. We have also included the total
number of child deaths from all causes as a comparison.

You have also asked us to state how many of the children had been in the
care of their Local Authority at the time of death. Unfortunately, this
information is not recorded on the death certificate, so we do not have
any information about whether the child was in local authority care when
they died. You may find that the Department for Education have information
on this, as all local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) are required to
review the deaths of all children in their area. The website is:

If you require any further data please feel free to contact the mortality
team directly at [email address].

You have the right to have this response to your freedom of information
request reviewed internally by an internal review process and, if you
remain unhappy with the decision, by the Information Commissioner. If you
would like to have the decision reviewed please write to Frank Nolan,
Office for National Statistics, Room 1127, Government Buildings, Cardiff
Road, Newport, Gwent, NP10 8XG.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Paul Wearn LLB (Hons)
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