Resources for professionals

The Scottish Cot Death Trust provides training for a wide range of professionals on many aspects of cot death, we can provide advice on reducing the risks and supporting bereaved families. We also run various training seminars.

For more information or to request for a speaker to come to your group, please contact us.

Nurseries, Crèches & Childminders

The Scottish Cot Death Trust has worked closely with the Care Commission to ensure that safe sleeping practices are in place when they conduct inspections. The Early Years Guide will give you advice on how to reduce the risks of cot death occurring and help to prepare you for these inspections. The Early Years Guide can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.


The police are often the first people to arrive at the scene when a baby or child has died suddenly and unexpectedly. The Scottish Cot Death Trust has developed a pocket-sized leaflet aimed at helping you in your professional dealings with bereaved families. The Information for Police Officers leaflet can be downloaded below.

Neonatal Units

In conjunction with Bliss Scotland, the Scottish Cot Death Trust has produced two separate information leaflets on reducing the risks for premature babies. One is aimed at staff in special care baby units and the other is aimed at parents.

These leaflet for staff can be downloaded below while the resource for parents can be found here. Both can be ordered by contacting us.

Download Early Years Safe Sleeping Guide (PDF)
Download Information for Police Officers (PDF)
Download Neonatal Staff information leaflet (PDF)