Family nurse scheme extended

Thousands of disadvantaged young mothers are to get more support while bringing up their babies, health officials have announced.

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Every child should get support, says health minister

Every child should have the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

Family nurse partnerships play a major role in supporting children in some of the most disadvantaged circumstances to have the very best start in life.

Around 11,000 families are already benefiting from personalised support from family nurses, but I am determined that we should go further, and that is why we will expand the programme to support 16,000 families by 2015

– Health minister Dan Poulter

New mums to get one-to-one support

About 5,000 more families will benefit from the extension of a programme to give first time mothers one-to-one support, health minister Dr Dan Poulter has said.

Thousands of disadvantaged young mothers will get more support while bringing up their babies, health officials have said.

Mums will be offered one-to-one support. Credit: PA

The Family Nurse Partnership scheme sees specialist nurses or midwives regularly visit first time mothers under the age of 20 during their pregnancy and until their baby is two years old.

The nurses help the new mothers, and fathers, to prepare for labour; offer advice on looking after babies and toddlers, and help plan for the future.

Dr Poulter has announced that ministers plan to extend the current programme to include 16,000 families by 2015.

He said that he hopes the move will help more vulnerable children get a better start in life.

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