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What are the aims of the course?

This is a flexible training programme which aims to equip practitioners and managers from all relevant agencies to respond to and learn from unexpected child deaths. The different components will allow individuals to select training appropriate to their own areas of need, while together, the full programme will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to contribute to all aspects of responding to and reviewingunexpected child deaths.

What will I gain from the course?

Participants will gain knowledge and skills enabling them to organise and deliver appropriate local responses in line with recommended best practice and statutory guidance, and to facilitate local training and support. In particular, participants will:

  • gain up-to-date knowledge of the nature and causes of death in childhood, including causes of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)
  • be able to respond to the needs of grieving parents and families, and understand the different ways in which individuals respond to the death of a child
  • understand the complementary roles of different professionals in the management of unexpected childhood death
  • have the skills to carry out an interagency investigation into an unexpected childhood death according to the DCSF guidelines
  • be able to undertake an individual case review of an unexpected childhood death, collating all relevant material from the history, examination of the circumstances of death, and post-mortem
  • understand the purposes and process of carrying out a review of all childhood deaths in a geographical area and how these processes relate to the rapid response to unexpected child deaths, the coroner's processes and serious case reviews
  • recognise the training and welfare needs of professionals involved in responding to childhood deaths