Minimising the Risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

The North and South of Tyne Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) continues to see infants who have sadly died where modifiable factors (those which can be changed through national or local interventions) were present.

In July 2020, the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published a Thematic Report into SUDI. This report identified that these tragic deaths occur more frequently in families that are particularly vulnerable, with many of the risk factors associated with SIDS overlapping with those for child abuse and neglect. In response, Newcastle and Gateshead Safeguarding Children Partnerships have agreed to adopt a SIDS ‘Prevent and Protect Model’. A key aspect of this model is the introduction of this multi-agency guidance.

The sudden and unexpected death of an infant is one of the most devastating tragedies that could happen to any family. At least 300 infants still die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in England and Wales.