Teenage Pregnancy

Overview

This engaging course will enable you to understand the complex issue of teenage pregnancy; its causes and consequences, the current government strategies for reducing teenage conception rates and sexual risk-taking, and how the right support and access to contraceptive advice and services can make a difference.

Audience

This course is for anyone who works with or has contact with teenagers, young people, and their families, including:

  • Carers, parents and education staff
  • Frontline health and social care staff
  • Professional organisations

    About this course

    The course is split into three modules:

  • Causes and Consequences
  • The Strategy
  • Your Role
  • Objectives

    In this course you will learn about:

  • How prevalent the problem is
  • Indicators of poor outcomes
  • The impact of teenage parenting on the mother and child
  • Who is most at risk of becoming a teenage parent
  • The importance of not stereotyping teenage parents
  • What the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy 1999 is
  • What other policies are relevant to teenage pregnancy since it was introduced
  • Ensuring early access to appropriate multi-agency support
  • Ensuring access to Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
  • Why pregnant teenagers need additional help
  • What happens when they get poor service from professionals
  • What teenagers want from you
  • What skills you need to use
  • What messages you need to convey to teenagers about sex and teenage pregnancy
  • What level of confidentiality you can give teenagers

    Content

    Here are some of the topics covered in the modules:

    The extent of the problem | Facts about teenage pregnancy and parenthood | Factors pointing to poor outcomes | Outcomes for the mother and child | Transmitting social disadvantage | Who is at risk | Risky behaviours | Education related factors | Family and social circumstances | The economic argument | Positive consequences of teenage parenting | The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy | What works best | Providing knowledge and skills | Open and honest dialogue |Improving access to contraception | Intervening early | Improving outcomes for teenage parents and children | Supporting teenage fathers | The impact of poor service | What teenagers need | What skills you need | Messages you should convey | Using a Risk Assessment tool | Confidentiality | Safeguarding | What needs to be done | Under 16s and sex