Term: Families First Screen (FFS) / Screening Form

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-06-05

Definition:

A brief measure of biological, social, and demographic risk factors. Public Health Nurses in Manitoba attempt to assess all families with newborns within a week of discharge from the hospital. Families are asked about supports and challenges, including parental alcohol and drug use; parental history regarding anxiety disorders, depression, child abuse, criminal involvement, and education; and physical and medical characteristics of the child. Three or more risk factors indicate that a family may require additional supports such as intensive home visiting, financial support, parenting programs, mental health services, or child care.

The Families First (previously known as BabyFirst - see note below) screening form is the first of two screening stages for Manitoba's Families First home visiting program.

NOTE:

  • In 2003, the screen and the home visiting program changed names from BabyFirst to Families First to better reflect a family-centered approach (Brownell et al., 2012).
  • The FFS form is not given to women living on reserve.
For more information on the type of information available from the screening form, please read the Families First Screening (FFS) / BabyFirst Screening (BFS) - Method of Creating a FFS / BFS Dataset concept.

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References 

  • Brownell M, Chartier M, Santos R, Ekuma O, Au W, Sarkar J, MacWilliam L, Burland E, Koseva I, Guenette W. How are Manitoba's Children Doing? Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] [Data extras] [Errata] (View)
  • Brownell M, De Coster C, Penfold R, Derksen S, Au W, Schultz J, Dahl M. Manitoba Child Health Atlas Update. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2008. [Summary] [Full Report] [Data extras] (View)
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  • Ruth C, Brownell M, Isbister J, MacWilliam L, Gammon H, Singal D, Soodeen R, McGowan K, Kulbaba C, Boriskewich E. Long-Term Outcomes Of Manitoba's Insight Mentoring Program: A Comparative Statistical Analysis . Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2015. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)