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The Family Nurse Partnership programme in Scotland: improving outcomes for child, parents, and society


Seeking to provide early and effective intervention FNP seeks to move away from the traditional approach for supporting families, being directive to working alongside families. It aims to introduce a different approach where nurses engage with young parents early on in pregnancy building a therapeutic relationship with them to enable them to build their parenting skills and resources, whilst also developing and realising their own aspirations.

The aims of  FNP is to support first time teenage parents  to improve child and maternal health, improve school readiness and educational achievement  and  help parents become economically self sufficient i.e.  help  parents to find meaningful  employment or return to education. The importance of nurturing families was highlighted by Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, when he said consistent parenting can reduce sickness and increase life expectancy – with inconsistent parenting  potentially adversely affecting children in later life - (click here for more).

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Gail Trotter

Family Nurse Partnership Implementation Lead (Scotland)

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Elke Loeffler and Gail Trotter wrote this case study in 2012.

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