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Consent, you've all heard of it, here's 6 simple ways to understand it (with a sandwich)...

Inspired by the Thames Police #ConsentisEverything campaign launched in October 2015 where a cup of tea was used to represent ‘consent’, Leicestershire Partnership Trust (Health for Teens)and Leicestershire County Council have developed their own video. In our local version, the analogy of a sandwich is used. The video features emojis and has been developed in consultation with young people. The result is a simple, effective and at times quite funny video, which clarifies what is meant by the term consent and how this should be reflected in teenage relationships.


You can always speak to your school nurse, by contacting them through the ChatHealth messaging service or you can pop in to see them at school.

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How Britain beat its teenage pregnancy rates in England

Vice magazine has published an interesting piece on the decline of teenage pregnancy rates in England

"The underlying message we wanted to get across was that this should be a proper informed choice," Alison Hadley says. "Choice about when you have sex, who you have sex with, choice of delaying pregnancy and choices when you do become pregnant."

 In the end it's been this twin strategy of information and acceptance that has led to one of the biggest public policy successes in recent history. Not just reducing the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies, but allowing teenage mothers, and their children, have happy successful lives.

Please click here for full article

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Implementing the UK Government's 10-year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England (1999-2010):

Implementing the UK Government's 10-year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England (1999-2010): Applicable Lessons for Other Countries is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and co-authored by myself, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli from WHO and Roger Ingham from the University of Southampton who was the research lead on the strategy's Independent Advisory Group.

It analyses the factors that helped and hindered implementation against the WHO ExpandNet Framework and confirms it matches the seven attributes identified by the Centre for Global Development for effective scaled up programmes.

Here's a link to the article in the journal of Adolescent Health and a report in the Guardian (24th May 2016

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Smart girls – carry condoms!

This campaign was developed back in 2010. Research from Unicef UK and Terrence Higgins Trust found many young women were worried about being judged if they were known to be sexually active and feared being labelled as promiscuous. Local research conducted by Coventry University on behalf of Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership also concluded that a campaign which works to normalise young women carrying condoms could improve sexual health and reduce teenage pregnancy rates.

Local drama students helped to design the campaign and then acted in the film which was created. A significant barrier identified was that many young women worried their peers would think negatively of them if they carried condoms

 However, the students felt strongly it was positive for girls to carry condoms as it shows they are confident young women who respect themselves. The students also felt it was important that the message was not solely about females carrying condoms but that both males and females had a joint responsibility

Surveys were undertaken before and after the campaign launch. The survey data showed a 47% increase in students who think it’s positive for girls to carry condoms from 53% pre-campaign to 78% post-campaign. This represents a significant attitudinal shift.

The smart girl’s film is still current with a very important and relevant message.
Why not build the video in to an RSE lesson or as a discussion with young people you are working with? Or simply order a promo poster to encourage students to watch the film.

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New figures show that Leicestershire’s teenage pregnancy rate continues to fall – and that’s for the eighth successive year.

The rate of conceptions in the county now stands at 18.5 per 1,000, which is significantly lower than the national average of 22.8 per 1,000. Nationally, the rate of under-18 conceptions in England has declined by 51 per cent since 1998.

Councillor Ernie White, the county council’s cabinet member for health, said: “We’re delighted to see a further reduction in rates and it’s the result of a lot of collaborative work and getting the message across to young people, in some cases, through very innovative methods.”
The work being done by the Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership has included a film ‘Becoming Dad’ which tells the stories of three young men and how they faced the realities of fatherhood which can be viewed at www.becomingdad.co.uk

There was also a campaign raising awareness of the issue of consent by using a sandwich as an analogy for sexual activity in another short film which can be viewed at www.healthforteens.co.uk
The partnership includes Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust and a wide range of support organisations, schools and colleges.

The latest figures are for 2014 and were released today by the Office for National Statistics.

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Helping healthcare staff spot the signs of child sexual exploitation

A new video aimed at helping health and social care professionals to spot possible signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) is being launched today.

Supported by Health Education England (HEE), in association with the Department of Health and NHS England the video presents a series of scenarios involving a young person potentially at risk of CSE and uses the voice of a real-life victim who talks about her experiences at the hands of a CSE gang.

The video, now available to view from the HEE website, also includes scenes with a community pharmacist, a GP, a community nurse and a paramedic, alerting them to the warning signs that may suggest an individual was at risk of CSE.

While the film highlights the issue of CSE, it also provides practical advice on what to do if healthcare professionals and others suspect a patient or person in their care is at risk and makes it clear that there is a responsibility to report any activity that they think is suspicious.

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Good progress but more to do - Local Government Associations, Public Health England (Jan 2016) 

In many ways, the focus on teenage pregnancy seen in England during the last 15 years or so has been one of the success stories in the public health field.


The conception rate for young women aged 15 to 17 has been halved since 1998 and is now the lowest it has been since recordkeeping began in the late 1960s.

But that doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. Far from it. The conception rate still remains higher than a number of other western European countries and the progress made has been uneven across England.

About a third of local authorities have a rate significantly higher than the England average and even in those areas that have low rates, inequalities exist between wards.

These variations matter. Teenage pregnancy is both a cause and consequence of health and education inequalities.

Young parents want to do the best for their children and for many the outcomes are poor. The case studies within this booklet highlight a few good examples local councils have developed.

   Download the full report here




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