New guidance helps commissioners of FNP deliver their 0-19 years public health offer

Public Health England has published updated guidance on commissioning the Family Nurse Partnership programme (FNP).  The new guidance replaces the former FNP service specification.

The guidance is designed to help local commissioners and service providers utilise the FNP programme to deliver the 0 to 19 public health offer for children and young people in their areas as part of the Healthy Child Programme. 

Commenting on FNP, Debbie Watson, Assistant Director of Population Health, Tameside and Glossop Strategic Commission said:

One of the greatest pleasures of commissioning the Family Nurse Partnership programme is seeing all the young women who have graduated and how they have developed into confident and independent parents

FNP is a strengths-based, personalised, intensive parenting support intervention for young parents under 24.  A recent longitudinal study in England showed that the children of young parents who had enrolled in FNP were 26% more likely to achieve a good level of development across all 17 early learning goals at age 5 (early years foundation stage). This advantage was shown to persist in early education attainment at age 7 (key stage 1), particularly for boys, the children of mothers aged under 16, and mothers not in education, employment, or training.

Commissioning FNP supports local systems to reduce inequalities and improve outcomes for young, vulnerable families whose children are most likely to fall behind their peers in the general population.  

Learn more about commissioning FNP.