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.