Unborn child, babies or toddlers

Best practice if you are concerned about the welfare of an unborn child, baby or toddler.

Always discuss your concerns with the senior person in your organisation who is responsible for safeguarding and child protection.

Assessment Tool

The protocol for pre-birth assessments and interventions has been developed to help support practitioners to effectively work with families where there is concern for the welfare of a unborn child, baby or toddler. It's been developed to support practitioners in their decision making and assessment processes when working with a pregnant woman, her partner and family.

View the protocol for pre-birth assessments and interventions in our documents library.

Guidance documents

The following procedures can be downloaded from the guidance section of our documents library.

  • Guidance to support safe sleeping practices in babies and infants - which has been developed to help reduce the death rate of babies and toddlers by promoting safe sleeping practices.
  • Prevention of non-accidental head injury in infancy - which has been developed to help reduce to the incidence of shaken baby syndrome.
  • Safeguarding children from dangerous dogs - which has been developed to help practitioner's work with families to help prevent dog bites and attacks.

Resources for parents

A short video: Shaking your baby is just not the deal gives parents and carers practical tips about how to respond when their baby cries for long periods of time, doesn't sleep or settle.

A don't shake your baby leaflet is also attached to this page and is designed to be printed out for parents.