Vulnerable Baby Service (VBS)

The service facilitates a safeguarding approach for families identified of being at risk of unexplained death of infants.

The VBS was set up in 2004 to tackle infant mortality in Manchester, in particular sudden unexplained death of infants (SUDI). The VBS also plays a public health role in preventative practices; leading on safe sleeping policies across the city and strategically informing practice to improve outcomes for infants.

We facilitate Case Planning including information gathering and analysis, arrangement, administration and chairing.

We provide Public Health education to staff and Social Marketing on cot death reduction of risk.


Safeguarding Children Team,
Children’s Community Services,
Rusholme Health Centre,
Walmer Street,
M14 5NB


Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm

Contact Details:

Tel: 0161 861 2258


Staff refer on Early Help Assessment Form or Multi agency referral and assessment form and emailed to

Additional Information:

The Lullaby Trust:

UNICEF: The Baby Friendly Initiative

Manchester City Council

NHS Choices

End the fear

Manchester domestic violence helpline: 0161 636 7525 or 0161 273 4366