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Keep baby safe champions recruited in Rochdale

As part of the keep baby safe campaign, the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Partnership (RBSCP) has recruited a wide range of practitioners from across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale to support in delivering safer sleep messages.
So far, 34 practitioners from across the partnership, including midwifery, health visiting, GP practices, children’s social care, children’s nurses and therapists, children’s centres, NEST team, adult social care, housing, and Greater Manchester Police have volunteered to be ‘keep baby safe champions’. They will receive training and support to enable them to deliver consistent safer sleep messages and training within their own organisations and provide support both to families and their peers. The first meeting of the champions will take place on 14 June 2021.
Champions will be supported by the RBSCP keep baby safe working group through regular reflection/support sessions, to be held three times a year. Champions do not need to be an expert in this subject, training materials and resources will be provided and they will be supported in delivering these by co-presenters with a background in safer sleep.
Dr Sarah Purlackee, local GP and clinical lead for women and children said: “The last 15 months have been very difficult for everyone but even more so for parents and carers with a new baby. Having a baby can be unbelievably stressful and we have implemented ‘keep baby safe champions’ to help and support parents and carers so that they can seek advice and talk to someone about any sleep concerns they may have for them and their baby. It’s vital that parents and carers know that advice and support is available.”  
Amanda Clarke, chair of the RBSCP said: “We are delighted to be implementing this new initiative in Rochdale. We recognise how important it is that we have staff trained in all settings across the children’s safeguarding partnership to offer robust support to parents at a crucial time for them and their baby.”
It is envisaged that going forward, the champions will also support with the delivery of coping with infant crying messages.


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