Safe infant sleeping

Creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby

The sudden and unexpected death of an infant is one of the most devastating tragedies that could happen to any family. In spite of substantial reductions in the incidence of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) over the last 30 years, at least 300 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in England and Wales. (NHS, 2019)

The national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published a review, in July 2020, of SUDI in families where the children are considered at risk of significant harm. The review identified a number of issues to inform the development of a ‘prevent and protect’ practice model.

Key to this, is everyone working with children and families, knowing and understanding how they can work together to promote safer sleeping. Use the links below to find out more.

Although sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is now very rare, over 200 babies still die every year. Please read this guidance for further information on how to support parents and carers around the protective factors in caring for their children.

The Lullaby Trust have provided helpful guidance and support for families through the winter period (PDF). Given the heightened risks during this winter, it is a useful resource to read and share.

Useful guidance: