Safe sleeping

Understanding safe sleeping and Managing Crying

Safe sleeping

Support available for those affected by a child death

If you have been affected by this and would like the opportunity to talk freely, for as long as required, with a sympathetic and understanding listener please call the Lullaby trust bereavement support helpline on 0808 802 6868.

For more support go to the Lullaby trust website.

Professionals – Learning from safe sleeping accidents

In order to give consistent and accurate messages about safe sleeping, professionals should utilise the resources below:

Joint Safe Sleeping Guidance (PDF)

Lullaby trust – Safer Sleeping Advise for Parents and Professionals  (PDF)

Lullaby Trust – Information and Resources for Professionals (PDF)

ICON – Managing Crying

ICON is an evidence based programme consisting of a series of brief ‘touchpoint’ interventions that reinforce the simple message making up the ICON acronym.

*  I – Infant crying is normal

* C –Comforting methods can help

* O – It’s OK to walk away

* N – Never, ever shake a baby

ICON is to help prevent abusive head trauma

The ICON Programme and intervention is all about helping people who care for babies cope with crying. It provides people with support and advice on ways to cope. The programme also encourages parents and carers to speak to someone if they need support such as family, friends, a midwife, GP or health visitor.

 North East Lincolnshire SCP are supporting and endorsing the launch of ICON across the Midwifery, Health Visiting and Primary Care Services in the borough and the Humber region from the 17th December 2020.

Please find a link to the virtual launch event video which includes Dr Suzanne Smith (Programme Founder) presenting ICON and her own research that informs the programme: ICON Launch Video

 For more Information visit ICON website ICON – Babies cry you can cope . There is information and resources for both parents and also health and care professionals for disseminating the ICON message to parents.

Child Death Reviews

For more on this process go to our Child death review page.