Safeguarding Babies & Infants
Pregnancy and the first two years of a child's life are extremely important stages in their development.
Babies and infants physical, emotional and psychological development and critically, the development of relationships with their carers, are all shaped by their experiences.
Research is increasingly demonstrating how their early childhood development impacts on their cognitive and emotional development at school, through adolescence and into later life.
Babies and young infants are entirely dependent on their parents and carers to meet all of their need all of the time and it is this helplessness that can make them vulnerable.
On this page you will find information, guidance and resources in relation to safe sleep and prevention of accidental injuries which helps to reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Children (SUDIC) in Wakefield.
In Wakefield, any practitioner who comes into contact with parents and carers of babies should have an awareness of safer sleep practices and feel able to provide key safe sleep messages.
Depending on your service and role, you may also provide specific support and further guidance to parents and carers in relation to safe sleep.
Therefore it is a key areas for all practitioners who work with children and families, where babies are present, to have a working knowledge of safe sleep practices in the district as referenced within the Wakefield Safe Sleep Standard.
Wakefield Safe Sleep Standard
The Wakefield Safe Sleep Standard provides guidance and resources to use to promote safe sleep practice:
- Definitions on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), co-sleeping, bed sharing and overlaying
- What best practice looks like
- Engaging parents in safer sleep practices
- Key messages on co-sleeping, bed sharing, SIDS, breastfeeding, co-bedding, swaddling, dummy use, carriers and slingsResources for parents and practitioners
- Safer Sleep Questions
- Overlay Risk Assessment
Download the latest version below:
The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust are a leading national charity, who raise awareness of SIDS, provide expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offer emotional support for bereaved families.
There is a range of information, guidance, research, resources and training available for practitioners to access, in addition to advice and guidance for parents and carers.
Visit The Lullaby Trust website for further information.
Wakefield Safe Sleep TrainingShow details
WSCP and Wakefield Council Public Health have teamed up with The Lullaby Trust to provide online safe sleep awareness training for all practitioners who work with children and families in the district.
Places for the training are released on a regular basis and bookable through the WSCP Training section.
On-the-go wellbeing support is available to new and expectant fathers in Wakefield.
DadPad is free to download and provides on-the-go support and advice to help fathers enjoy their babies, feel more confident and support their mental and emotional wellbeing.
The DadPad App can be downloaded for free: www.thedadpad.co.uk/app.
For further information on DadPad and how it fits with the ICON programme, visit the ICON website.
WSCP Safeguarding Babies & Infants Masterclass Pt.1
WSCP delivered a safeguarding babies and infants masterclass to provide briefings across a number of key safeguarding developments.
Part one covers:
- Local Responses to Safeguarding Young Babies and Infants in Wakefield
- Why We Need to Prioritise Infant Mental Health
WSCP Safeguarding Babies & Infants Masterclass Pt.2
Part two covers:
- Parental Mental Ill Health, Impact on Young Babies and Infants
- Learning from recent Reviews and Audit Activity Concerning Babies and Infants