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Babies and Very Young Children

Safeguarding babies and very young children is a high priority for OSCP

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ICON is being rolled out to professionals through Devon and Cornwall. ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying, for more information please see the ICON website here Home - ICON Cope

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Related Guidance & Further Reading

The Myth of Invisible Men - Safeguarding children under 1 from non-accidental injury caused by male carers September 2021  - This is the third national review commissioned by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. It focusses on the circumstances of babies under 1 year old who have been harmed or killed by their fathers or other males in a caring role.  We also have the Seven Minute briefing that we produced on this topic.

The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) is an NHS funded project, delivered by the University of Bristol, that gathers information on all children who die across England. Their aim is to learn lessons that could lead to changes to improve and save children’s lives in the future.  They provide a summary of safety notices for professionals working with families to share including:

  • Babies – keep it simple
  • Nappy sacks
  • Blind cords


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