Teenage pregnancy and sexual health

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Teenage Pregnancy

The UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe. Most teenage pregnancies are unplanned and around half result in an abortion.

For those who become a young parent this can be a positive experience. Young parents work very hard to care for their children. However becoming a parent young can be incredibly difficult.  It can result in poorer outcomes for children, mums and dads.  

Sexual Health 

Sexual health services

Advice on contraception, sexual infection (STIs) and pregnancy choices.

Please visit the Sexual Health Cornwall website

Sexual Health services in Cornwall

Sexual Health and Contraception Clinics

Advice and information about services, and sexual health is available on the Sexual Health Cornwall website.

Brook Educational Outreach

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) to years 9, 10 and 11 at all schools in Cornwall is available free of charge. For any questions email the Brook team: kelvin.leighton-julian@brook.org.uk

Cornwall Healthy Schools

Cornwall Healthy Schools deliver free support to all schools to plan and deliver high quality, effective RSE. Contact 01209 615600 or email the team on healthy.schools@cornwall.gov.uk

Parent RSE

Parent RSE Programme for parents and carers. To find out more please email: kelvin.leighton-julian@brook.org.uk

Healthy Relationship Programme

Barnardo's and First Light provide a free Healthy Relationship Programme for year 9 in schools. For more information on this training email Barnardo's: healthyrelationshipscornwall@barnardos.org.uk

Sexual Health Strategy

The Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2023 is about improving sexual health.  As well as reducing sexual health inequalities.

The strategy has the following priorities:

  1. To reduce rates of sexual infections (STIs) among people of all ages
  2. To reduce unwanted pregnancies amongst all women of fertile age
  3. Continue to reduce under 18 and under 16 conceptions
  4. Increase early diagnosis, and reduce onward transmission of, and avoidable deaths from HIV
  5. Promote relationships, sexual health
  6. Using innovation and collaboration

Commissioned services

The services commissioned as part of our provision in Cornwall are:

  1. An open access integrated sexual and reproductive health service including a digital service
  2. A young peoples sexual health service
  3. A HIV Prevention Service

Please visit the Sexual Health Cornwall website

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