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Duchess of Cambridge to learn about initiative supporting young mothers

The Duchess Of Cambridge Photo: Steve Parsons/PA

The Duchess of Cambridge will learn about an initiative supporting young mothers as she continues her research into the early years development of children.

Kate will chat to first-time mums who have been helped by the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), a voluntary home visiting programme for parents aged up to 24.

Mothers are partnered with a specially-trained family nurse who visits them regularly, from early pregnancy until their child is two.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave following a visit to the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

The programme helps young mums to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development, and reach their goals and aspirations.

Kate will meet the parents, and the Southwark Family Nurse Partnership team to highlight their work, when she visits the Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in Peckham, south London.

FNP is delivered in around 70 areas across England and each local team features specially-trained family nurse supervisors, family nurses, and quality support officers.

The duchess is patron of the children’s hospital Evelina London, which delivers the initiative in the London borough of Southwark.