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Teen pregnancy success shared with Koreans

Published Tuesday, 04 December 2012

When it comes to reducing teenage pregnancies, Enfield Council is an experienced authority having made significant progress through imaginative solutions over the past few years.

Enfield is nationally recognised and has been recommended by the government to make a presentation to eight South Korean delegates eager to learn about Enfield ’s success.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield ’s cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, “The Teenage Pregnancy Partnership is to be congratulated for its projects aimed at supporting young people in Enfield . Its success is clear.

“Teenage pregnancies in Enfield are falling and are now below the national average. This trend is a reversal of a few years ago, when Enfield was among the highest in London for teenage pregnancies.”

Nursal Livatyali, Enfield’s teenage pregnancy co-ordinator, said, “In Enfield we recognised a serious and growing problem and realised that we could find imaginative ways to deal with it.

“We have improved all our promotional literature and used social media and mobile phones to communicate with young people. Our work with the health service and local schools has also played a huge part in bringing down the numbers of teenage pregnancies in the borough.

“Most of all, it is young people themselves understanding that teenage pregnancies interrupt their studies and can put them at a disadvantage when it comes to finding jobs. We want to improve the outcomes for young people in Enfield .”

In the last two years Enfield Council introduced a number of initiatives aimed at raising aspiration and self esteem among young people; offered advice on relationships and ensured that there is always good education and information in schools and youth centres throughout the borough.

The teenage pregnancy team started a new project called Enfield’s Young People for 13- 14 year olds which has been extremely successful. The EYP project has just won the prestigious Children and Young People Now Magazine Award for 2012.

Young people learn that it is hard work looking after young children. At children’s centres across the borough they play with toddlers and understand how they learn and grow.

Enfield Council also introduced ‘txtm8 ‘ - a text messaging service enabling young people to send texts free of charge to 89868, on all matters regarding their concerns about sex and relationships.

Trained professionals receive the texts and let young people know that their text has arrived and then send back an answer within half an hour. This scheme was highly commended in the annual ‘Children & Young People Now’ awards. 

Cllr Orhan, concluded, “Our South Korean guests will have a warm welcome and I hope that our experiences will be helpful to them.”

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