The Family Nurse Partnership
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mums, aged 19 years or under. A specially trained family nurse visits the young mum regularly, from the early stages of pregnancy until their child is two. The FNP programme aims to enable young mums to:
- Have a healthy pregnancy
- Improve their child’s health and development
- Plan their own futures and achieve their aspirations.
FNP is based on an American programme and has been operating in the UK since 2007. We know that the evidence base for home visiting programmes is developing and as FNP was designed a while ago, it is important to make sure FNP is keeping up with the evidence. We also know that evidence-based programmes are often criticised for being one-size-fits all.
In order to address these issues, the Lambeth FNP Programme and LEAP, along with 10 other sites across the country, are working with the FNP National Unit and Dartington Social Research Unit to develop innovative adaptations in important areas for FNP; to see how easy they are to deliver and what impact they have on improving outcomes. The intention is that promising good practice will be rolled out to other FNP sites across the country.
In Lambeth, we have chosen to focus on intimate partner violence as the area we would like to develop as 30% of young women coming on to the Programme in Lambeth have experienced some form of abuse in the previous year. The nurses will work with the young people around developing healthy relationships as evidence from the local programme shows that many young people have never experienced, or seen, a “healthy” relationship.
We will be working closely with Lewisham FNP on this project as they have also decided to focus on intimate partner violence.