Preventing teenage pregnancy and supporting teenage parents in Nottingham

We are pleased to report continued progress on preventing unplanned teenage pregnancy and supporting teenage parents over the last 16 years. This continuing downward trend of teenage pregnancies in Nottingham is testimony to our strong leadership through the Teenage Pregnancy Taskforce and our talented, committed workforce. The most recent annual figures show that the number of pregnant teenagers, in the 15-17 year old age group, continued to fall with 21 fewer young women conceiving in 2014 (160) as compared to 2013 (181).

Continued dedication over the last 16 years has reduced the teenage pregnancy rate significantly but the England under-18 conception rate still remains higher than other Western European countries and our rate in Nottingham is still above the England average.

We still need to find ways to sustain the significant reductions we've seen and continue the downward trend. The evidence base tells us that young people need comprehensive sex and relationship education in and out of school, easy access to young people friendly contraceptive and sexual health services, and targeted support for those most at risk. Progress needs to be everybody's business with strong local leadership and excellent delivery.

Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health and Chair of the Teenage Pregnancy Taskforce Nottingham City Council : Teenage Pregnancy. 

News

Teenage Pregnancy Network News: Summer 2016.

The latest edition of the Teenage Pregnancy Network News is now available here. The newsletters cover a range of national and local information, training and opportunities related to teenage pregnancy. 

Teenage Pregnancy Plan 2014-16 'preventing unplanned teenage pregnancy and supporting teenage parents'

Our mission is to enable teenagers to make genuine, informed decisions about their lives and as a consequence achieve a sustainable reduction in the number of teenage pregnancies and improve outcomes for teenage parents and their children.

We recognise that reducing unplanned teenage pregnancies and supporting teenage parents requires key messages to be communicated to young people, families, communities and those working with them. This will be achieved through a universal and targeted approach as detailed in the action plan below. The evidence tells us that the majority of girls who conceive under-16 and under-18 do not have specific risk factors, however, some young people are more at risk and will need greater support - these risk factors are:

Strongest risk factors

  • Free schools meals eligibility
  • Persistent school absence
  • Slower than expected progress between KS2 and KS3

Other associated risk factors

  • Low maternal aspirations of daughters at age 10
  • Looked after children and care leavers
  • Young people who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Young people with conduct disorders and mental health problems
  • Alcohol
  • Previous pregnancy - 20% of births to under-18s are to teenagers who already have a child and 11% of abortions to under-19s are repeat

What we will do in 2014-16

Our plan to reduce and sustain the number of unplanned teenage conceptions and support teenage parents is based on national evidence, local knowledge and consultation with the wider Teenage Pregnancy Network. Alison Hadley, Director of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange (and former Head of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit at the Department for Health) also provided expert advice, support and guidance during the development of the Plan.

The Plan has eight key work streams:

1 Improve health outcomes

2 Improve teenage pregnancy prevention and support services

3 Improve communication, marketing and social networking

4 Improve contraception services and sexual health advice

5 Improve contraceptive and sex and relationships education services in schools, colleges and learning centres

6 Increase the percentage of pregnant teenagers and teenage parents in education, employment or training

7 Improve the evidence base through thorough data collection and intelligence

8 Improve the confidence and skills of the teenage pregnancy workforce to support young people with making decisions

Our overall success measures will be to:

  • Continue to reduce the rate of conceptions under 18 years of age
  • Reduce the percentage of repeat conceptions under 18 years of age
  • Reduce the rate of conceptions under 16 years of age
  • Increase the attendance, and attainment, of teenage parents in education, training and employment
  • Ensure excellent support services for teenage parents and their children

The 2014-16 Teenage Pregnancy Plan is available here. If you require any further information please call Marie Cann-Livingstone, Teenage Pregnancy and Early Intervention Specialist on 0115 8763511 or email marie.cann-livingstone@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

Links

There are a range of sources of advice and information about sex and relationships and accessing sexual health and contraception services in Nottingham. For more information visit:

NUH NHS SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES

C CARD

SCHOOL NURSES NOTTINGHAM CITYCARE PARTNERSHIP

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

SAFEGUARDING BOARD

PSHE Advisors