Talking sense about teenage pregnancy

The Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group (TPIAG) has written a briefing for nurses, health visitors and midwives.

It has background information on teenage pregnancy and practical tips on tackling the issue and supporting young parents.

Key things you can do

  • Be confident about talking with teenage girls and boys about sex and relationships.
  • Empower them to make decisions for themselves including delaying early sexual activity.
  • Equip them with negotiating skills and tips to resist peer pressure.
  • Promote the fact that young people can see nurses in confidence without a parent – even if they are under 16.
  • Let young people know what services are available at the practice/school/clinic.
  • Offer information on a full range of contraceptive methods and tell young people where they can get them.
  • Have fast-track arrangements in place for emergency contraception.
  • Be alert to young people who might be at risk of teenage pregnancy, including vulnerable young people.
  • Make sure young men are welcome.
  • Work with your colleagues to discuss how to become more ‘teenage friendly’.
  • Support parents and keep them involved and tell them what you can offer young people.

Read the full teenage pregnancy briefing

Download teenage pregnancy briefing