Safer Sleep Week March 11th-17th 2024

7 March 2024

We know that greater awareness of safer sleep leads to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying. Sadly, in Nottinghamshire (city and county) 5-6 babies a year die in an unsafe sleep environment. We need to continue to reach out to all new parents with life-saving safer sleep messages.

What can I do as a practitioner to support safer sleep advice?

Follow the Safer Sleep week campaign from March 11-17 2024 and share social media messages with parents, carers and families #SaferSleepWeek

Share the ‘baby sleep’ survey with parents and carers and encourage them to complete it (survey open from March 11 until April 30 2024) using the following link: Baby Sleep Survey 2024

Ensure you are familiar with safer sleep advice and reinforce it with parents, carers and families whenever you have the opportunity, making sure that they understand it. There are resources listed below that can support with this. Make sure Dads and partners understand the advice as well as Mums.

Make use of the recently updated Safer Sleep Risk Assessment Tool and guidance to help you identify and support vulnerable families where there is a greater risk of SIDS, which can be found here: Safer Sleeping Risk Assessment Tool

Consider training needs for you and your team. You can access training on our website here: NSCP Training Events. The Lullaby Trust also provides training which can be found using the following link: Training - The Lullaby Trust

Find out more about the Safer Sleep Steering Group. This is a multi-agency city and county wide group. The group meets quarterly and works collaboratively to ensure that partners who support families in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City understand and are supported to implement safe sleeping advice. Does your service/organisation need to be represented on the group? Contact details can be found on the Safer Sleep Week Bulletin (link below).

Resources for parents and carers

The Lullaby Trust has developed a guide for parents and carers with lots of information and advice about safer sleep: Safer Sleep for Babies

Useful information can be found on the website: The Lullaby Trust

Their easy read card is available in 25 different languages: Publications

Useful documents

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