Family Nurse Partnership

What happens during pregnancy and in the first years of a baby’s life has a major influence on his or her subsequent behaviour, education, employment, health and other life chances.

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive preventive programme for first time young parents. It runs from early pregnancy until the child is two. This licensed programme, developed at the University of Colorado, is thoroughly evaluated and has tangible outcomes evidenced through 30 years of research. Parents receive weekly/fortnightly home visits from a specially trained nurse. The approach and materials used are rooted in theories of attachment, self-efficacy and human ecology.

This innovative programme achieves remarkable outcomes for both parents and children. These include:

  • Improvements in antenatal health
  • Improved parenting practices and behaviour
  • Reductions in children’s injuries, neglect and abuse
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies and greater intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment and reduced welfare use
  • Increases in father’s involvement

The Family Nurse Team made up of 5 Family Nurses, 1 Family Nurse Supervisor and 1 Administrator are based in Carlisle Wellbeing and Treatment Centre and will be working with young mums in North Belfast initially.

For further information please telephone the team at 028 9504 6302.