Families 'at risk' and the family nurse partnership:the intrusion of risk into social exclusion policy


This article considers why the family nurse partnership (FNP) has been promoted as a means of tackling social exclusion in the UK. The FNP consists in a programme of visits by nurses to low-income first-time mothers, both while the mothers are pregnant and for the first two years following birth. The FNP is focused on both teaching parenthood and encouraging mothers back into education and/or into employment. Although the FNP marks a considerable discontinuity with previous approaches to family health, it is congruent with an emerging new approach to social exclusion. This new approach maintains that the most important task of social policy is to identify quickly the most 'at-risk' households, individuals and children so that interventions can be targeted more effectively at those 'at risk', either to themselves or to others. The article illustrates this new approach by analysing a succession of reports by the Social Exclusion Unit. It indicates that there is a considerable amount of ambiguity about the relationship between specific risk-factors and being 'at risk of social exclusion'. Nonetheless, this new approach helps to explain why British policy-makers may have chosen to promote the new FNP now.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279409003079
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: Dodds, A 2009, 'Families 'at risk' and the family nurse partnership: the intrusion of risk into social exclusion policy', Journal of Social Policy, vol 38, no. 3, pp. 499-514. © 2009 Cambridge University Press. Available from: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5594924
Uncontrolled Keywords: family nurse partnership,social exclusion,FNP,low-income first-time mothers,teaching parenthood,employment,education,social policy,at-risk households,social exclusion unit
Publication ISSN: 1469-7823
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 07:03
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 18:03
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Published Date: 2009-03-24
Authors: Dodds, A.



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