Family nurse scheme for teenage mothers extended

The Family Nurse Partnership is a licensed programme that aims to improve maternal health, child health and child development.

It currently operates in seven areas in Scotland – with the scheme being rolled out to a further two next year. The feedback from the family nurses in NHS Lothian states that the positives of the programme are the therapeutic relationship they build up with clients and the high level of supervision and support they receive as workers.

They felt the main negative was the strict entry criteria (the mother must be aged 19 or under, a first time mother and must opt-in to the scheme early in pregnancy). More information can be found here