Aileen Campbell has welcomed the announcement of two programmes designed to support mothers of young families and those who are expecting.

The first, the Family Nurse Partnership, which helps teenage mums and aims to give children a healthier start in life, is already up and running in 5 other regions in Scotland, is to be extended to Lanarkshire next year.

The announcement which was made by new Scottish Government Health Secretary, Alex Neil, will see Family Nurses visit expectant mum’s every one or two weeks during pregnancy and throughout the first two years of their babies life, offering guidance and support.

The programme’s main aims are to improve maternal health, child health and development, and family economic self-sufficiency.

The second announcement see’s NHS Lanarkshire roll out its First Steps project to more families across South Lanarkshire. The initiative will be partly funded by a recent award of ?500,071 to NHS Lanarkshire by the Big Lottery Fund.

First Steps covers a range of issues including improved parenting skills, encouraging play, establishing routines, safety in the home and helping mothers find the right specialist advice services in their area.
Commenting Aileen said:

"I am very pleased with these announcements, which will be of real benefit to many young parents and young families all over Clydesdale.

"Intervening at the earliest possible opportunity to support those in our society who are most in need is the key to improving Scotland's health.

"I know that the Family Nurse Partnership programme has been running in the US for a number of years and has had some very impressive results for the teenage parents involved and their children.

"NHS Lanarkshire is to be congratulated for channelling their Big Lottery Award into the First Steps project. The additional funds will allow for the recruit more staff to help make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable families and their children.

"Both of these programmes will help address elements of the three big key social policy areas for the Scottish Government - health inequalities, child poverty and early years."



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