On 1 October 2015, the responsibility for commissioning public health services for children aged 0-5 transferred from NHS England to local authorities.
A large number of local authorities across England now delivering the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme which means many vulnerable young people are breaking the cycle of deprivation.
"From Brighton to Cumbria, Liverpool to Great Yarmouth, FNP is giving young parents a chance to transform their own life chances and those of their babies so they can thrive and flourish"
Ailsa Swarbrick, FNP National Unit Director
FNP is based on a US programme, the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), developed by Professor David Olds. NFP has one of the best evidence bases for preventive early childhood programmes and has been repeatedly identified as a programme with the highest quality of evidence and effectiveness.
We believe it is important to invest in the first few years of life. It is important to address the root causes of social disadvantage by ensuring additional support is available for those that need it most early on. FNP aims to enable individuals to reach their full potential and prevent the use of costly interventions later down the line e.g. children going into care.
Early Intervention Foundation (2015) estimate that in England and Wales, £17 billion per year is spent on addressing the damaging problems that affect children and young people – with local authorities sharing the greatest burden of this (£6.5billion).