Expansion boost given to help teenage parents
Written byHELEN KREFT
FIRST time teenage parents in East Staffordshire will now be offered more intensive support from specially trained family nurses.
Ripplez, a local social enterprise, launched the extension of its Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme at Queens Street Community Centre, Burton, through a meet and greet exercise.
Partnership working between East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire NHS has resulted in funding being available for the programme expansion until December 2015, providing places to 50 more first-time teenage parents.
The Family Nurse Partnership offers intensive home visits to teenage parents from their pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, and improves their health and well-being.
Andy O’Brien, chief executive of the borough council, said: “The Family Nurse Partnership has been well received in Burton and I’m delighted that the initiative is to be extended. By increasing the reach of the programme, the partnership will be able to assist teenage parents in both Burton and Uttoxeter by providing support to vulnerable young families.”
Ripplez is a staff-led Community Interest Company which began life as a social enterprise in April 2011. It has since then gained two further contracts for sites in Derbyshire and Burton.
The Burton FNP was originally a pilot scheme covering 11 families across the Anglesey area, funded by the borough council and working in partnership with the health service. In late 2012 the partnership between NHS commissioners and the council was strengthened and an agreement was made to extend the programme.
The main purposes of this extension are to reduce the impact of multiple deprivation, to improve health and well-being outcomes of children born to vulnerable families, and to reduce the short and long term cost of caring for these children and families.