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Fewer children in England and Wales are dying violently, figures show

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2923 (Published 09 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2923
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The number of children dying from assault in England and Wales has fallen substantially over the past 30 years, show the latest figures. However, they also indicate that violent deaths among older teenage boys have risen.

Researchers from the University of Warwick analysed mortality data from the Office of National Statistics that showed cause of death together with crime reports from the Home Office to calculate rates of violent death among children in different age groups.

The analysis showed that the annual rate of deaths from assault fell dramatically from 1974 to 2008. The number of infants (<12 months old) …

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