Presentation on theme: "Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board December 2013 Prevention and early intervention: Teenage pregnancy. Lindsay Edwards, Services for Young People."— Presentation transcript:
Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board December 2013 Prevention and early intervention: Teenage pregnancy. Lindsay Edwards, Services for Young People. Chair of Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board.
Teenage Pregnancy Strategy National context Teenage Pregnancy Strategy 1999 – Social Exclusion Unit 2010/11 – end of the 10 year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Previous government – context of social exclusion and poor health outcomes Current government – context of child poverty and health inequalities
Teenage Pregnancy Strategy cont. Local context Hertfordshire Teenage Pregnancy Strategy 2012-2015 Strategic leadership of the strategy – Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Group Implementation of the plan managed by Health Inequalities Manager – Services for Young People
Risk factors Children of teenage mothers have a 63% increased risk of being born into poverty, compared to babies born to mums in their 20’s Risk of low educational attainment, poor housing and poor health; and have lower rates of economic activity in later adult life At the age of 30, teenage mothers are 22% more likely to be living in poverty, than mums giving birth at 24 or over Rates of teenage pregnancy are highest in deprived communities.
Local Strategy – strategic objectives Information and education Targeted interventions Supporting teenage Mothers and young Fathers Access to contraceptive and sexual health services
Hertfordshire Health Related Behaviour Survey (2012) Results from Hertfordshire secondary school pupils in Years 8 and 10 (ages 12-15): - 19% believe there is a special sexual health service for young people available locally - 41% of pupils say they know where they can get condoms free of charge - 55% of Year 10 boys and 70% of Year 10 girls agreed that getting pregnant or getting a partner pregnant now would ruin their career plans 41% of boys and 57% of girls in Year 10 agreed that there is pressure on young people to have sex.
Early intervention & targeted activity Young people excluded, truanting from school, or underperforming in education Young people in care or leaving care Daughters of teenage mothers Young people involved in crime Some ethnic minority groups Vulnerable young people Young women who have had a previous pregnancy.
Plus One programme 2012 -2013: commissioned Youth Connexions to deliver programme to young parents & young parents to be Funding from Education Funding Agency (EFA) Aims: positive experience of learning; progression into further education, training or employment; reduce social isolation; enhance skills and knowledge in caring for child; managing money and planning for the future.
Criteria Aged 16 to 18, or up to age 24 if they have a learning disability or difficulty Be a young parent or young parent-to-be Live in Hertfordshire Be lawfully resident in the UK and have been a resident for the last 3 years.
Content & qualification Young people achieve Level 1 City and Guilds Qualification in Employability and Personal Development Units covered –Self assessment –Parenting awareness –Managing personal finance –Community Project – (making a difference project) Post programme, one to one support – Information, advice and guidance
Outcomes 65 Young parents and young parents to be, completed the course Total of 87.5 guided learning hours completed. Success measured by : Record of attendance at each session Evidence of targets being reached in the Individual Learning Plan. Attaining a nationally recognised City and Guilds qualification Evidence of progression into other forms of education and/or engagement Personal resilience and increased ability to cope emotionally.
Plus One 2014 Begins January – 20 weeks Minimum 30 young people Total guided learning hours – 220 3 venues – Watford, Hatfield, Stevenage Support to develop local links to One Stop Shops, Children’s Centres and health providers.
Enhanced Study Programme City & Guilds units: - Managing personal finance - Community project - Parenting awareness - Self assessment - Work-based experience. - Healthy living Functional skills Work experience