Clinical Approaches

The clinical approach underpinning FNP is strengths-based.

Nurses work alongside clients providing information and guidance about specific domains relating to their pregnancy and parenthood:

  • Life skills
  • Your health and wellbeing
  • Looking after your baby
  • Your baby's development
  • Safety and stability
  • Connecting with your baby
  • Relationship
  • Family and support network
  • Goals and aspirations

In this way, family nurses enable young parents to identify and make positive decisions about their lives and the life of their baby.

For many clients, a therapeutic relationship with a family nurse brings consistency and offers them a positive role model which they may not have experienced before. Family nurses encourage young parents to engage with other appropriate services. In cases where additional safeguarding support is necessary, family nurses can ensure that young families access children’s social care quickly and effectively, while continuing to provide the FNP programme through home visits.

All family nurses receive supervision from their family nurse supervisor. Regular supervision sessions provide time to reflect and analyse the work with clients and to make robust plans to ensure that the needs of the baby remain paramount. Supervision also supports family nurses to consider how their feelings might influence decision-making around clients, helping to avoid ‘early evidence bias’.