The Family Nurse Partnership Programme within the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust recently celebrated its first anniversary at an event in Laganview Enterprise Centre, Lisburn.
The programme provides early intervention for first time young parents and involves intensive home visiting from early pregnancy until the child reaches their second birthday.
Enrolment of young mums onto the programme began in September 2015 and there are now over 75 families benefiting from the programme, including 35 newborn babies.
“The Trust is committed to giving children and young people the best and more importantly the safest start in life,” a spokesperson said. “The Family Nurse Partnership Programme is about improving pregnancy outcomes, improving child health and development and transforming the life chances of some of our young people. Central to its success is building and developing a trusting, therapeutic relationship with the family and building on their motivation to want to do what is best for children, while optimising the family’s sense of self efficacy.
“The programme helps parents extend their capacity to nurture their young children’s development and helps young parents develop a vision for their own future, therefore having a lifelong impact on improving outcomes for young woman and their families.”
Among those who attended the celebration event in Laganview Enterprise Centre were Mayor Brian Bloomfield MBE and Mayoress Rosalind Bloomfield.