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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.

The SUDIC team are a community based team, including SUDIC paediatrician, SUDIC Lead Professional (Nurse) and nurse advisors, and SUDIC secretary.

The SUDIC team are a rapid response team for Sudden Unexpected Death in childhood. The team work closely with the A&E department, police, coroner’s office and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

If your child has dies suddenly and unexpectedly, you may be contacted by the SUDIC team 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.

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 professional. 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 the information sharing, please do not hesitate to contact the SUDIC team.

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.