Fareham students’ posters help raise awareness

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STUDENTS at Fareham College have been helping to design posters to raise awareness about cot death.

Every Sleep Matters is the message on a new campaign to keep babies safe which is being backed by Hampshire’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Posters have been designed with the help of students on the BTEC graphic design course.

They have been distributed to children’s centres and early year’s providers, hospitals and local surgeries as well as schools and colleges which offer childcare courses.

Chris Jones, from the Safeguarding Children’s board, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the posters prepared by students from Fareham College and would like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment to this campaign which they did at very short notice.

‘Feedback from all agencies has been extremely positive.’

The posters are aimed at raising awareness of the need to ensure babies sleep in a safe environment to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death (SID) syndrome.

The common contributing factors to their death are risks such as the effects of cigarette smoke, overheating or unsafe sleeping practices adopted by parents.

These include parents falling asleep with their babies while under the influence of alcohol or being so tired themselves they run the risk of falling on the child and suffocating them – known as overlaying.