New Action on Gymslip Mums; Pounds 500,000 Boost for Research Teenage Pregnancy Battle

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THE problem of under-age pregnancy in Birmingham is to be tackled with the help of almost pounds 500,000 from the Government.

An average of four teenage girls a week become pregnant in the city and the Standards Fund has given the city's health education department pounds 467,700 to support action research projects aimed at reducing the number of under-age conceptions.

The majority of the money will go to 19 primary schools, 12 secondary schools, four special schools and three behaviour support schools to fund individual schemes developed in partnership with each school's governors and parents.One such project involves using drama to illustrate messages about preventing pregnancy and understanding sexuality.

A third of the money will go towards helping teenage mothers to get back into education or into work. This will include the appointment of a re-integration officer to work out of Lee Bank's James Brindley School.

The announcement comes as the council prepares to discuss the issue of sex eduction in schools during today's Education and Lifelong Learning Advisory Team meeting.

New Government guidelines have been issued for sex and relationship education which look at the moral, emotional and physical aspects of sexual intercourse. …