Teenage pregnancy services

A SocietyGuardian investigation has revealed that teenage pregnancy co-ordinators (TPCs) “have been cut in just over a third of areas – including several where conception rates among under-18s are very high. A survey of all 150 local authorities in England and those PCTs which employ a TPC discovered that since the beginning of last year the role had been axed in 56 areas… This comes on top of a further 16 posts that had been ended, or rolled into other jobs, in previous years. In addition, England’s nine regional TPC posts were cut at the end of March, at the same time as the National Support Team (NST) for teenage pregnancy, which provided free consultancy-style support to those working on the issue locally, was closed down.” The investigation supports the results of a CYPNow investigation in March 2011.


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