The Social Exclusion Unit published a report in 1999, which highlighted high teenage pregnancy rates in England and the adverse outcomes associated with teenage pregnancy you can view the report by visiting the National archives website. This confirmed teenage pregnancy as a major health issue (Local Government Association, 2013).
The report led to a 10 year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy with a target of reducing teenage pregnancy by half by 2010. In April 2013, the Coalition Government launched a Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England, which sets out the ambition to continue to reduce the under 18 conception rates.
The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy ended in 2010 but the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) 2013 to 2016 includes ‘under 18 teenage conception rate’ as one of three sexual health indicators. Further reductions in teenage pregnancy, and improved support for young parents, also contributes to a number of other indicators in the PHOF that disproportionately affect teenage parents and their children.
In April 2013, the Coalition Government launched a Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England, which sets out the ambition to continue to reduce the under 18 conception rates. National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Networks have been set up by the Government to improve teenage pregnancy outcomes.
Since April 2013 Wokingham Borough Council has taken over the commissioning of contraception and sexual health services, including the testing and treatment of sexual transmitted infections (except HIV testing which is commissioned by NHS England). These services are commissioned jointly by the Public Health teams in Berkshire West.
Local Service Provision:
Wokingham Borough Council commission a specialist Young Person Sexual Health Worker who works in schools and the community offering Health Zones in schools, PSHE sessions in schools, drop in sessions and works across sexual health services including Juice Points.
Contraception services are available to young people in a range of settings including GPs, sexual health clinics and pharmacies (for access to Emergency Hormonal Contraception free of charge). For further information visit The Royal Berkshire Hospital's sexual health website page.
Juice Points offer free and confidential advice to young people. Drop-in centres are available in Woodley and Wokingham For further information visit the Royal Berkshire hospital's sexual health website page.
Dedicated outreach contraception nurses for young people For further information visit the Royal Berkshire hospital's sexual health website page.
Family Nurse Partnership is a home visiting programme for first time young mothers under 19 years of age. The partnership aims to enable young mothers to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and plan for their future. For further information visit the Family Nurse Partnership website.
Abortion Services – termination of pregnancy services are provided BPS. The nearest main centre is in Reading. For further information visit the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Children’s Centres actively support young parents, with health visitors encouraging new parents to access their services.
Targeted Youth Service works directly on a one-to-one basis with young people who are in the greatest need, enabling our youth workers to give them tailored and personal support.