CHSCP: Group B/C Safer Sleep Training
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This session is an interactive session to ensure that all practitioners who work with children under the age of two and families; can give appropriate safer sleep messages specific to their role.
Deaths that remain unexplained after the post-mortem are registered as:
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Unascertained, for babies under the age of one
- Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood (SUDIC)
- Unascertained for children over one (Lullaby Trust UK, 2017)
Every year SIDS claims the lives of 196 babies in the UK, that is around 4 babies a week.
How can professionals best support parents and carers to ensure that safer sleep advice can be heard and embedded in parenting practice so as to reduce the risks of SUDI?
Despite safer sleep messages being widely known about and the arrangements for them being shared well established, the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s review into SUDI(Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants) (2020) found almost all of the tragic incidents reviewed involved parents co-sleeping in unsafe sleep environments with infants. This was often found to be where there were wider safeguarding concerns such as cumulative neglect, domestic violence, parental mental health concerns and substance misuse.
These findings point towards the need for a flexible and tailored approach to prevention with this group of families, which recognises and is responsive to the reality of people’s lives.
Objectives of the training:
- To understand the meaning of different terminology
- To examine the evidence base that underpins the safer sleep advice we deliver to parents and carers looking at factors associated with an increased risk of SIDs
- To review local and national statistics relating to sudden infant death
- To consider safer sleep risk in the context of ‘lived experience’ of parents and carers
- To identify barriers to parents and carers embedding the safer sleep messages they receive and how can we as professionals better support this group
- To consider our roles as practitioners in relation to reducing risk of SIDS
- To understand the role of the Care of the Next Infant Coordinator, the Child death Review Nurse and the Child Death Overview Process