A new Research in Practice briefing, aimed at teams across universal and targeted multi-agency early help and safeguarding, summarises key messages from a national thematic review of sudden unexpected death in infancy by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, published in July 2020.
Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) is increasingly occurring in families where other safeguarding concerns are also present, including parental alcohol and drug use, neglect, domestic violence, and where there are mental health concerns.
Co-sleeping was a feature in nearly all SUDI cases notified between June 2018 and August 2019. The contexts that families are living in, for example temporary housing or changes in sleeping arrangements, make acting on safer sleeping messages particularly challenging.
The new open access briefing – Promoting safe sleeping and preventing sudden unexpected death in infancy: Strategic Briefing – highlights key messages and recommendations, including current practices which reduce the risk of SUDI, outlined in the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel report.
The report calls for a new multi-agency approach to SUDI prevention and proposes a ‘prevent and protect’ practice model, which the Research in Practice briefing outlines.