The course that helps teenage mums plan for the future

A course that supports under-18s through pregnancy not only provides young girls with information about what to expect from birth and parenthood, but also helps them prepare for a future beyond the nappies – including a return to education, as Jacqueline Knight and Jo Potter explain

Supporting teenage mothers

Shannon is five months pregnant. She is 16, she left school before taking her GCSEs and she lives with her boyfriend Jimmy and his parents, with the young couple sleeping on a pull-out sofa each night. She says that she has no plans for the future.

In Peterborough, where Shannon lives, this is not uncommon. In 2016, around 30 girls for every 1,000 aged 15-17 became pregnant in the area. This figure has since fallen, but the area still has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the country.

Support for these girls is crucial. Often, they are not pregnant because they intended to ...

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