Scottish Cot Death Trust

Who is this for?

  • For anyone looking to learn more about safe sleep for infants

Who provides this?

  • Scottish Cot Death Trust


Outreach Support;
One of the strengths of the Scottish Cot Death Trust is our outreach support service. We aim to provide bespoke support which best suits individuals when and where they need it. We have four community based Support Workers covering Scotland. Their background is in bereavement counselling and their role with the charity is to provide support, practical advice and information to help you in all aspects of your bereavement. Your community support worker is a dedicated point of contact for all of your bereavement needs. They can meet with you at home, talk on the phone or stay in touch by text or email if you prefer. They are professionally qualified to support you and help you make decisions about other support available such as counselling and peer support.

A free professional counselling service is available for individuals and families directly affected by the loss of a baby or child. We work with a large pool of qualified counsellors around the country. You will not have to wait longer than a few weeks to see a counsellor as we currently have a contract with over 90 counsellors across Scotland.

The Counsellors and Clinical Psychologists we work with are all experienced and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or with the British Psychological Society Chartered members registry. We understand that for some of the individuals we refer for counselling, their counselling needs can be complex. It is important to gauge when is the right time to access this support. Your dedicated support worker can help you with this. Counselling may not be for everyone but it is good to know we provide this service free of charge to anyone who feels it would help them.

Peer Support;
Peer support includes our befriending service and online peer support groups. We can put you in contact with either one dedicated befriender – another mum, dad, grandmother or grandfather who has also experienced the death of a baby or child. You can meet them in person or speak to them by email, phone or text message. The relationship between you and your befriender is an informal support service. Your befriender is not a trained counsellor. It may be that in time you become friends and the support relationship changes. They will no longer be your befriender but you will mutually support one another although this does not happen in all cases and can take time. It might be that you only want to chat a couple of times on the phone or send some emails or text messages. Your befriender will understand this. They too perhaps reached out to speak to another parent or grandparent when they were looking for support.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?


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Types of support on offer:

Information and advice

Type of services on offer:

Bereavement, grief and change
Black and minority ethnic communities
Healthy living
Housing, benefits, debt
Learning, employability, volunteering
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Social groups
Substance use
Survivors of abuse
Young people

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