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Please note: This service continues to operate as normal during COVID-19.

The death of a child is a devastating experience. We know that the deaths of some children are both sudden and unexpected. Some are sudden but sadly not unexpected. We know that nothing can ease your loss, but where reasons are not clear; we will make every effort to establish why your child died and ensure that we learn from each family’s loss. We will use the information to improve our support for you and other families in your position.

What we offer

We are a community based team, including Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDIC) Paediatricians, a SUDIC Lead Professional (Nurse), nurse advisors, and a SUDIC secretary. We facilitate the actions required following the Sudden Unexpected Death of a child up to the age of 18 years. The team work closely with the A&E department, Police, HM Coroner, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and other relevant agencies.

If your child has died suddenly and unexpectedly, you may be contacted by us to arrange a home visit. The purpose of this visit is to gather further information which could be relevant to the death of your child. The SUDIC team members will provide you with their contact details and you may contact them as you require. They can also provide you with information about support services for yourselves and other family members. We also provide referrals and signposting to bereavement support services

If you are reading this as a parent or family member of a child who has died in Leeds, then it is important for you to be aware that some information regarding what happened to your child, and the circumstances and events leading up to your child’s death, will be shared with other professionals. This may sometimes include information about other family members. This information will only be shared with those who need to know. Your co-operation in this process is gratefully received.

Should you wish to know more about  information sharing, please do not hesitate to contact the SUDIC team.

Tel: 0113 8430212

24 hour answerphone

Alternatively you can contact our Safeguarding Team on: Tel: 0113 843 0210 

08:30am – 05:00pm


We are currently reviewing our website to make all content accessible. If you are looking for a download, such as a leaflet or booklet that you can no longer find, please contact the service on the details above.

SUDIC Leaflet for Families

SUDIC Support Groups Leaflet for Families

Useful links

Compassionate Friends - Supporting family after a child dies

What to do if you need to speak to someone urgently...