I have today placed in the Library of the House the Government’s response to the fifth annual report of the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group.
The Government welcome the recommendations made in the independent advisory group’s fifth annual report and acknowledge the valuable contribution the group makes to the strategy and its implementation. We have carefully considered and responded to all of them. The Government have taken forward all the major recommendations including making sex and relationships education statutory within personal, social, health and economic education from 2011, and investing more than £45 million in improving young people’s awareness and access to effective contraception.
The Government are also taking forward other recommendations of the group to improve the ways that local services work together to prevent teenage pregnancy and improve outcomes for teenage parents and their children—with better co-ordination between education, children’s and health services. As a key issue of health inequalities, child poverty and social exclusion, Government are urging local areas to continue prioritising and investing in their local teenage pregnancy strategy to help accelerate progress.