FNP to be extended

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) will be expanded so that more young first-time mothers across Scotland can benefit from the programme.

By the end of 2018 up to 60 additional fully trained nurses will be recruited to deliver the programme to first-time mothers aged 19 and under, who will benefit from frequent one-to-one home visits from early pregnancy until their child’s second birthday.

Through the FNP, nurses provide a wide range of support to ensure the child gets the best possible start in life, with mothers encouraged to make positive decisions around their own behaviours and achieve their life goals.

More than 4500 young mothers have been involved in the programme since 2010.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘We want to make Scotland the best country in the world to grow up in. A key part of that is ensuring all children, regardless of background, have the best possible start in life.

‘The FNP has helped thousands of children and first-time mums across Scotland. We want to ensure every eligible mother can access this support, and the expansion of the programme will make that a reality.’

The programme’s expansion will bring annual costs to around £16m a year when fully rolled out by the end of next year.

This is an additional investment of around £5.5m, reflecting the cost of recruiting and training the nurses, and providing supervision and administrative support.