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Family Nurse Partnership hold graduation event at Lagoon Leisure Centre

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A tailored programme designed to help young Renfrewshire mums in the early days of parenthood has celebrated their success at an event held in Paisley's Lagoon Leisure Centre. 

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme is aimed at Renfrewshire women aged 19 and under expecting their first child. 

The day focussed on fun family activities and entertainment designed to further develop the bond between parents and young children. 

David Leese, Renfrewshire HSCP chief officer, gave a short keynote speech to congratulate the young women on graduating from the programme.

There was also a celebration lunch and baby disco followed by the presentation of certificates. A photobooth was onsite to ensure everyone could get some memorable photos and staff got important feedback from the graduates about the event and their FNP journey. 

Anne Burns, FNP Supervisor (Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde) said: “The Family Nurse Partnership works with the strengths of the mothers and encourages them to fulfil their aspirations for both their baby and themselves. 

“Around 95 young mums and their children are involved in the Family Nurse Partnership in Renfrewshire and events like this party can play a part in a child’s development and it was good to welcome so many along.  

“We wanted to celebrate all the good work these young people have accomplished over the last two years. The graduation party was a great way to mark their progress and let them meet other families who have benefitted from the service.” 

The mums start the FNP programme, which is based around the future health and wellbeing of their child, in early pregnancy and participate in a schedule of regular home visits which continues until the child is two years old. 

Those using the service decide along with their Family Nurse what they want to cover in each visit. Nurses will share a range of information on pregnancy, giving birth, and looking after babies and toddlers.   

The three overarching goals of the FNP are to improve antenatal health and birth outcomes; child health and development; and to improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family. 

Thirty-seven years of development and three large scale research trials have shown consistent short and long term benefits for children and families including: 

  • Reduction in pregnancy during pregnancy
  • Greater intervals between, and fewer subsequent, pregnancies
  • Reduction in child abuse and neglect
  • Better language development in children
  • Fewer accidents
  • Increases in employment
  • Greater involvement of fathers
  • Improved school readiness
  • Increase in warm, responsive parenting.

The Family Nurses delivering the programme are predominantly from health visiting and midwifery backgrounds who have received extra training at an advanced level.

The Family Nurse Partnership Team is based at Renfrew Health & Social Work Centre, 10 Ferry Road, Renfrew PA4 8RU. They can be contacted on 0141 207 7448 or [email protected]

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