What happens next?

The medical and legal processes following a cot death/SUDI

In Scotland, the sudden and unexpected death of an infant must be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. It is the responsibility of the Procurator Fiscal to exclude any possibility of criminality. He/she will instruct the Police to carry out an investigation of the circumstances and will also require a Pathologist to carry out a post mortem examination.

The Police, the Procurator Fiscal and the health professionals will work together to try to give you an explanation as to why your baby has died. All the information that they gather will be shared with the others involved in the investigation and with yourself.