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Safer Sleeping for Babies – Reducing Risk of SIDS


Our Safe Sleeping for Babies: Reducing the Risk of SIDS e-learning course is designed to increase awareness of safe sleeping practices for babies to reduce SIDS

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Hundreds of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the UK as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is also known as cot death.

Figures from The Lullaby Trust charity show that 191 babies died due to SIDS in 2015, and while the number is falling, greater awareness of safe sleeping guidelines for babies is needed to reduce it even further.

Placing an infant on their front or side to go to sleep can increase the risk of SIDS, and it’s vital that all parents and anyone who works with young children is aware of this.

The knowledge picked up on this digital learning course could help to save babies’ lives and reduce avoidable distress for family members. This course takes learners through the aspects of taking care of children at nightime and the possible risks which can result in SIDS.

At the end of the course, there will be a 15-question test, with a 75% pass mark required. Learners can attempt the test three times at no extra cost, and further attempts can be arranged by contacting the Virtual College team.

After achieving a pass mark of at least 75%, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for their records. The course content has also been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.



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