Topic:  How can young parents be supported to become more resilient and competent? – Jacqueline Barnes

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Summary:  In the UK a programme called Family Nurse Partnership has been available for almost 10 years, offered only to first-time mothers aged 19 or younger and their partners.  Originally developed in the USA it has evidence (from the USA and the Netherlands) that it can improve young parents’ competence and self-efficacy and lead to long term benefits for children. A brief summary of FNP will be provided and highlights of the evidence that it can make a difference for vulnerable mothers and their children. Evidence from the UK has not provided the same positive outcomes and this will be discussed.  Then evidence from a related study will be presented, a trial of a variation of the FNP programme but offered in a group and to a slightly different population, also deemed to be vulnerable but not eligible to received FNP.

Biography:  Jacqueline Barnes is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London and Honorary Senior Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She is director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues. She has taught and conducted research in the USA and the UK, with a particular focus on evaluating services for disadvantaged families. She was one of the directors of the National Evaluation of Sure Start. She has acted as a consultant for several charities and been a member of Department of Health and Department for Education committees.

Who might be most interested:  Parents, carers, practitioners, researchers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people.

This session took place in Brighton on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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