The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme offers targeted ongoing intensive support to first-time teenage mothers and their babies (and fathers/other family members if the mothers want them to take part). Frequent home visits are delivered by trained nurses to build a trusting and supportive relationship in which themes such as attachment, relationships and psychological preparation for parenthood can be explored. The programme was developed by the University of Colorado and has been evaluated worldwide over a 30-year period. However, the programme was only adopted in England in 2007 and UK-specific evidence has only started to emerge recently. Benefits in relation to children’s vulnerability have been demonstrated in the US and include:

  • 61% fewer arrests and 72% fewer convictions of mothers by the time their child is 16 years of age
  • more stable relationships with partners and the child’s father
  • a reduced frequency of domestic abuse (with the mother as victim or perpetrator).2

All first-time mothers aged 19 and under at conception who live in the local catchment area are eligible for this support. The aim is for mothers to be enrolled as early as possible, and no later than the 28th week of their pregnancy.

References

  1. “Proven results – US,” Family Nurse Partnership, [Online]. Available: http://fnp.nhs.uk/evidence/proven-results-us. [Accessed June 2016].
  2. “Proven results – US,” Family Nurse Partnership, [Online]. Available: http://fnp.nhs.uk/evidence/proven-results-us. [Accessed June 2016].