We campaign across the UK to raise awareness of the issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death, obtain widespread commitment to reducing the number of babies dying, and ensure the right care and support is available at the right time after the death of a baby.
We hold the Government to account, for example by monitoring and analysing available data on the numbers of babies dying and tracking this against national targets.
Find out about how we are doing this and how you can support us below.
For the latest news and updates on our policy and campaigns work, follow us on Twitter @SandsInsights.
On Tuesday 20 July, MPs will come together to debate what the action needed meet the Government’s National Ambition to halve the number of babies dying in England by 2025.
The Pregnancy and Baby Charities Network will be taking this opportunity to highlight what needs to be done to make this the safest place in the world to have a baby.
We gather feedback and information from bereaved parents, professionals and health services to inform Government policy and support practice.
Working with others to influence change
We work in partnership with other organisations and networks to pool our collective knowledge and resources to make a bigger impact.
Baby loss awareness week
Every year during Baby Loss Awareness Week (9 to 15 October) we work with over 70 other charities to influence policy to improve bereavement care, and reduce baby deaths. Last year, Nearly 7,000 people took our #BLAW2020 actions about partners being excluded from pregnancy, maternity and neonatal services due to COVID-19, despite updated NHS guidance.
Pregnancy and Baby Charities Network
As a member of the Pregnancy and Baby Charities Network, Sands has worked collaboratively with 21 other organisations over a number of years to influence policy in order to address inequalities and improve outcomes across the country.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss
Founded in February 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss brings together MPs and Peers from across parties to work on this vital issue.
The APPG’s overall aims are to develop policy that supports families dealing with the grief and loss of a baby, and to raise awareness of what more can be done by the government, Parliament or other agencies to help those affected.
The APPG officers are:
- Co-Chair: Jeremy Hunt MP
- Co-Chair: Cherilyn Mackrory MP
- Vice-Chair: Patricia Gibson MP
- Vice-Chair: Sharon Hodgson MP
- Vice-Chair: Sarah Owen MP