Sudden Unexpected Death In Childhood

Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC)

There is a small team of experienced nurses who work with families and agencies such as the police, social care, hospital staff, the pathologist and the coroner to help understand why a child has died unexpectedly. The SUDC Nurses act as a point of contact for families if they have any questions about what happens next following the death of their child.

The team work closely alongside police and other partner agencies to provide the health input into the investigation. The SUDC nurses also provide reports to pathologists, coroners and criminal proceedings as cases determine; the nurses will also coordinate a Pan-Lancashire response following the unexpected death of a child up to age of 18 years.

The SUDC Nurses will provide initial bereavement support to the family and will remain a point of contact for families throughout the investigation.



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Useful Contacts

The Lullaby Trust

0808 802 6868


Child Bereavement UK

0800 02 888 40


The Compassionate Friends

0345 123 2304


Winston's Wish – Supporting Children

08088 020 021


Book list - To read with other children to help them understand what has happened


Someone has suddenly died – (Free of charge) at


A child’s grief Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine from