Making our communities safer
Reducing teen pregnancy and increasing support service for teen parents
Durham County Council
Durham County Council has seen a sustained decline in teenage pregnancy statistics for the last 15 years. Public Health leads on the implementation of the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Framework which aims to prevent unplanned pregnancy and develop healthy relationships by working with stakeholders to co-ordinate a range of preventative interventions that include the delivery of a Mobile Sexual Health Service, Young Person’s Portal, RSE programmes and the Young Parent Pathway. The Young Parent Pathway is a 20 week programme that raises parent’s confidence and self-esteem and supports the transition for participants back into education, employment and training as well as improving outcomes for their children by incorporating the Best Start in Life key messages. To date, over 75% of Young Parents have successfully progressed into Education, Employment and Training and more than 10% of parents have volunteered in Family Centres.