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FIRST STEPS: A randomised trial of Group Family Nurse Partnership (gFNP)

A nurse home visiting programme, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) which starts early in pregnancy and extends until infants are 24 months old has been identified as one with strong evidence that it reduces the later risk of child abuse. It is now offered widely in England but is only available to first-time mothers under 20. Group Family Nurse Partnership (gFNP), a newly developed programme, based on the FNP curriculum and strength-based approach, is delivered in a group context to 8-12 women with similar expected delivery dates, starting in pregnancy and lasting until infants are 12 months old. Partners are also encouraged to attend the group sessions. The aim of this study is to examine if provision of the gFNP programme, compared to routine antenatal and postnatal services, can reduce risk factors for maltreatment.

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