The Lullaby Trust on Safer Sleep Week and being CPHVA Charity of the Month

16th March 2016

Author : Alice Harrold

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for families bereaved by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep.

Their national, health visitor-led service, the Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, supports bereaved families before and after the birth of their new baby.

The trust are committed to supporting research to understand why 600 babies a year die suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK, and how this can be prevented.

The Lullaby Trust works in collaboration with CPHVA and has this month been awarded the association's Charity of the Month award.

In an interview with Community Practitioner Editor, Helen Bird, the trust's CEO, Francine Bates explained that SIDs is a prevalent issue, despite decreasing incidences.

"Sudden infant death hasn't gone away, it's still with us. It's now concentrated in the more disadvantaged communities. We still need resources in order to tackle that."

"If we stop telling parents about the basic do's and dont's of safer sleep then the chances are that the death rates would go up again," she said.

The role of health visitors and community nurses is "crucial" to conveying the charity's message, Mrs Bates said.

CPHVA professional officer for health visitors, Dave Munday explained that the Lullaby Trust was nominated as the charity of the month thanks to the vital work that it does.

"We know that those messages save children's lives," he said.

Safer Sleep Week is taking place from 14 to 20 March. An animated video was launched to make the information accessible to parents and professionals.

The focus of the week this year is on younger parents who unfortunately are at a higher risk of losing a baby to SIDs.

The information is also available in an app which guides users through checking on their baby's safety.

Tags: Charity of the Month, Lullaby Trust, Safer Sleep Week, Video