Teenage mothers with troubled backgrounds will get nurses to help them bring up their children.Yes. Really.
The £1.5 million scheme is aimed at breaking cycles of poverty, antisocial behaviour and child abuse.After that, they are presumably free to go back to their inadequate lifestyles.
The West Sussex County Council programme will see 100 first-time mothers under 20 getting regular visits from their own nurse for their first two years of their child’s life.
The women chosen will have no qualifications, low income and little support from family or friends. They are also likely to have suffered mental health problems or depression.I had to re-read this – the first scan I took, I thought they were talking about the people they’d be recruiting as nurses..!
The cost will be met by the county council and the NHS.No. No, it won’t. It’ll be met by the poor bloody taxpayer, as usual.
The only thing to decide is if this will result in a net gain for those taxpayers, and if it does, is the payoff worth it, or are there other considerations that might necessitate a different tack?