Year ≥ 1987 (VCPR commenced in 1987, but individuals born on or after 1st January 1970 onwards are included in the dataset)
Wave Recruitment (ongoing)
Age 0 – 46 years
Cerebral palsy diagnosis
(age and date at which motor
disorder first described as cerebral
palsy by clinician)
Specific cause of cerebral palsy
(where known with certainty)
Postneonatal cause and timing
of brain injury that caused cerebral palsy
(and date this occurred)
Neonatal seizures  M
Deceased status
(date and cause of death)
Post mortem performed  M
Birth defects – any present  M
Birth defects – diagnosed syndrome/s  M
Birth defects – by category
(nervous; circulatory; chromosomal
abnormality; digestive; urogenital;
respiratory; eye, ear,
face and neck; musculoskeletal;
multiple body systems; other)
Classification of neonatal brain imaging  M
Classification of postneonatal brain imaging  M
Summary of brain imaging report  M
Nature and severity of motor disorder  M
Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level  M:GMFCS
Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) level  M:MACS
Procedures performed due to cerebral palsy
(orthopaedic surgery, rhizotomy, saliva surgery,
gastrostomy tube inserted, fundoplication,
intrathecal baclofen pump inserted,
permanent tracheostomy, cochlear implant,
ventriculo-peritoneal shunt inserted
for hydrocephalus, intramuscular injections
of botulinum toxin)

Featured measurements

GMFCS: Gross Motor Function Classification System
MACS: Manual Ability Classification System


A = Administration report abstraction
C = Index child report (reporting on others)
L = Linkage (to other databases)
M = Medical records data abstraction
O = Observation/direct assessment
N = Nurse report
P = Parent/primary caregiver report
Pe = Peer report
S = Self report
T = Teacher report
X = Undefined
XBF = Pertaining to biological father
XBM = Pertaining to biological mother
XC = Pertaining to index child
XF = Pertaining to father
XFam = Pertaining to family
XG = Pertaining to grandparent(s)
XM = Pertaining to mother
XP = Pertaining to parent(s)
XPa = Pertaining to partner
XPe = Pertaining to peers
XPr = Pertaining to primary caregiver
XSi = Pertaining to sibling(s)