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Population size and mortality

Children and young people aged 10-24 account for 18% of the whole population of the UK.  The most common causes of death include accidents, self-harm and assault, and cancer.

11.8m young people in the UK between 10-24


Global Health Data Exchange (2018) Global Burden of Disease Study. http://ghdx.healthdata.org/gbd-results-tool (Accessed: 17 December 2018)

Hagell A and Cheung R (2019) Using DALYs to understand young people’s health.  Nuffield Trust blog https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/resource/using-dalys-to-understand-young-people-s-health (Accessed 21 June 2019)

Hagell A and Shah R (2019) International comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood. London: Nuffield Trust

Ladhani SN, Amin-Chowdhury Z, Davies HG, et al (2020) COVID-19 in children: analysis of the first pandemic peak in England 

Office for National Statistics (2012) Ethnicity and national identity in England and Wales 2011. London: ONS

Office for National Statistics (2018) Deaths by single year of age tables – UK. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/deathregistrationssummarytablesenglandandwalesdeathsbysingleyearofagetables (Accessed 9 April 2019)

Patton G, Sawyer S, Santelli J et al (2016) ‘Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing’, The Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00579-1

Scottish Government (2017) Confidence intervals.  https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/ConfidenceIntervals  (Accessed 21 June 2019)

Ward J, Azzopardi P, Francis K and the GBD 2019 Adolescent Mortality Collaborators (2021)  Global, regional, and national mortality among young people aged 10–24 years, 1950–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019.  Lancet, 398(10311) 1593-1618  https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01546-4/fulltext#%20

Wolfe I, Macfarlane A, Donkin A et al (2014) ‘Why children die: Death in infants, children and young people in the UK Part A’, London: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


All data correct as at 1 November 2021