March is SUDC Awareness Month

March is SUDC Awareness Month

Throughout March, we are supporting SUDC UK to help raise awareness of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.

What is SUDC?

  • SUDC stands for Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. This is different to Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood.
  • Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood is the sudden and unexpected death of a child between 1 and 18 years of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation is conducted. This must include examination of the death scene, a post-mortem and a review of the child and family’s medical history.
  • 1 – 2 seemingly healthy children are dying every fortnight, often going to sleep and never waking up.
  • SUDC is most prevalent in toddlers and children in their late teens.

How often does SUDC occur?

  • 40 children in the UK die every year without reason (ONS data).
  • It is the 4th leading category of death in 1–4-year-olds in England and Wales (ONS data).
  • SUDC is one of the most under-recognised medical tragedies of our time, with limited awareness and research.
  • The National Child Mortality Database has recently recommended that research into these deaths is prioritised and highlighted an association between SUDC and febrile seizures.

How can you help?

Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership