Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme for first-time young mums and families. It will help you to:

  Have a healthy pregnancy             Improve your child's health and development             Plan your own futures and achieve your aspirations

How does it work?

When you first meet with a midwife as part of your pregnancy, if they think you might find FNP helpful, they'll let your local FNP team know. A specially trained family nurse will then get in touch with you to say hello and arrange an initial visit with you at home. During this visit, she/he will explain what the programme is and how it works. You'll have a chance to ask questions and decide if FNP is right for you.

If you decide you would like to join the programme, you and your family nurse will meet regularly, at times that suit you. Your visits will start during pregnancy right through until your child is aged between one and two. Throughout this time, you and your family nurse will work on lots of different aspects of your pregnancy and becoming a parent together, including: parent-child attachment, breastfeeding, immunising your baby, child development and school readiness.

Your family nurse will fit the programme around you and your baby's needs, helping to improve your self-confidence as well as supporting you on other issues such as mental health, anxiety, housing and stopping smoking.

Can I get onto the programme any other way? 

If you feel like FNP might be helpful for you, you can also self-refer. Visit our interactive map to find your local FNP team.

Client stories 

Read first hand accounts of how FNP has made a difference to other young mums and dads

You can also follow FNP on Instagram - familynursepartnership_nu and on Twitter - @FNPNationalUnit

Graduating from FNP 

Saying goodbye and moving forward

Useful links for parents 

Extra advice and support


A variety of blog contributions from the whole FNP community 


Find us 

Use our map to find where FNP sites operate near you