Nottinghamshire Insight

Joint strategic needs assessment

Teenage Pregnancy (including health and well being for young families) (2014)

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Topic title Teenage Pregnancy (including health and well being for young families) (2014)
Topic owner Children's Trust
Topic author(s) Irene Kakoulis
Topic quality reviewed April 2014
Topic endorsed by Children’s Trust
Topic approved by Children's Trust
Current version 24.7.2014
Replaces version 22.4.2014
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Executive summary

Chapter summary

Teenage pregnancy can be both a cause and a consequence of social exclusion and is more common in areas of deprivation. The poorer outcomes associated with teenage motherhood also mean the effects of deprivation and social exclusion are passed from one generation to the next.

Evidence clearly shows that having children at a young age can damage young women’s health and emotional well-being, and severely limit their education and career prospects, resulting in increased levels of poverty and social exclusion. Research shows that children born to teenagers are more likely to experience a range of negative outcomes in later life, and are up to three times more likely to become a teenage parent themselves. Most young parents do not regret having their children but wish they had waited until they were older.

The challenge for Nottinghamshire, therefore, is to provide young people with the means to avoid early pregnancy, but also to tackle the underlying circumstances that motivate young people to want to, or lead them passively to become pregnant or young parents at a young age.

Key contacts

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