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New Plan to Tackle Teenage Pregnancies in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 22nd February 2013

A Camborne woman forced to quit college when she had a baby at seventeen is backing a campaign to support young mums.

Pirate FM's learnt around 250 teenagers in Cornwall are getting pregnant every year.

Now the council is stepping up support for under eighteens.

It will include trying to cut the number having children so young, as well as helping parents back into education.

One mum from Camborne said: "I was actually at college when I fell pregnant. I wasn't able to stay as long as I would have liked to because of the cost of childcare. As I lived at home with my parents I wasn't eligible for any funding - it was either my parents had to pay it or I couldn't do it.

"I had a lot of support from my family - a lot of financial support from my family as well. But that was really the only support that was available to me at the time."

"Working to reduce unplanned teenage conceptions is fundamental” said Lex Gainsbury, Cornwall’s Teenage Pregnancy Coordinator. “Whilst for some an unplanned pregnancy can be a positive turning point in their lives, research tells us that outcomes for parent and child are affected by early parenthood.

“Young people who conceive early have often faced other experiences in their lives which can increase their vulnerability. These and all young people need to be supported to raise aspirations and make positive choices now and for their future.”

Sue Coleman, Head of Supporting Families said: “Research shows becoming a teenage parent is increasingly likely if you live in a family that is poor or disadvantaged.

“What’s more, once you are a parent in your teens, those disadvantages are further compounded. During these challenging financial times it is more important than ever that services work together to promote high aspirations for our young people in terms of the relationships they enter into, the education they receive and the future they aspire to."

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