What is the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)?
The Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary home visiting programme offered to all first time mums aged 19 or under. Clients can enroll onto the programme from early pregnancy up until they are 28+6 weeks pregnant.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme involves regular home visits by a specially trained Family Nurse from early pregnancy up until the child is 2 years old. When your child has their 2nd birthday their care will be transferred to the Health Visitor attached to your GP practice.
Family Nurses can help young people who are preparing to become parents. Family Nurses work with their clients and can also work with partners, family members or other people who the client may choose to have with her during the visit. During the visits clients learn through play how to best meet their child’s needs and development.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme is underpinned by robust evidence based research and has been shown to make significant improvements for the health, social and educational outcomes for clients and their children.
Why have a Family Nurse?
Research has shown how important health in pregnancy and the positive relationship between a mother and her baby is for a child’s future health, happiness, relationships, and how well they do in school.
Research also shows that mums (and dads) who take part in the Family Nurse Partnership are more likely to achieve what they want for themselves and their children. We know dads are important to their babies, so we welcome dads or partners to join in during the home visit if the mum would like them to. Family nurses will support both parents to give their baby the best possible start in life.
A Family Nurse will provide their clients with information and support to make decisions which:
- Increase chances of a healthy pregnancy
- Improve a child’s development
- Build a positive relationship between a young parent and their baby, and others
- Help plan for the future
- Enable young people to make lifestyle choices, which gives their child the best possible start in life
- Enable young parents to achieve their aspirations (such as finding a job or returning to education)