In this special episode of the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Dr Peter Sidebotham, who led the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel review of sudden unexpected death in infancy in families where children are considered at risk of significant harm, which was published this week.
Despite the huge reduction in the incidence over the last 20-30 years, sudden unexpected death in infancy is still the biggest cause of death for infants, outside the neonatal period, with a high proportion of incidents occurring in families with identified vulnerabilities - such as over-crowding, parental drug and alcohol misuse and mental health issues.
Michael and Peter discuss the findings of the report, next steps and the importance of good, relationship-based social work in reducing the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants.
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