Following a recent report showing that Haringey has the fourth highest teenage pregnancy rate in London, Lynne Featherstone MP recently met up with the borough’s dedicated teenage pregnancy team, to find out what is being done to tackle the issue.
The Hornsey and Wood Green MP met representatives from Haringey Council and the local health service, to hear of various attempts to spread information and target prevention work with groups of particularly vulnerable teenagers. The team is working closely with local schools, to improve sex and relationship education and to help identify groups of young people at risk. The team also uses a special dedicated website, to help schools and parents learn how to reach out and talk to young people about their relationships and safe sex. There are also plans to set up special vending machines, to give young people across the borough access to contraceptives and Chlamydia testing kits, without having to approach an adult.
To check out the website go to www.ruthinking.co.uk
Lynne Featherstone MP comments:
“It was extremely worrying to hear that Haringey has some of the capital’s highest teenage pregnancy rates, but having met with the borough’s dedicated team, I am glad to see that the issue is receiving special attention.
“This is a complex issue and there’s no one simple quick fix – but other London boroughs, like Hackney, have been successful in reducing rates.
“I have today seen some positive signs that Haringey is heading in a similar direction – I will continue checking up on developments, and go and see some of the projects aimed at getting similar results here – so watch this space.”
Lynne Featherstone has also recorded a film for YouTube on the topic: