National and local strategies (best practices)
National and international evidence has shown that a whole system approach has most impact on teenage pregnancy reduction. Figure 3 shows the 10 key elements of an effective local teenage pregnancy strategy. Each key element is an essential component of any teenage pregnancy strategy to ensure a whole system approach.
Figure 3: Translating evidence into a ‘whole systems’ approach: ten factors for an effective local strategy
Teenage pregnancy reduction is a priority at national level as a Public Health Outcomes Indicator, and locally through Central Bedfordshire’s’ Children and Young People’s Plan and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
The national policies are:
A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England:
- Continue to reduce the rate of under 16 and under 18 conceptions is one of four priorities
Child Poverty Strategy:
- Under 18 conception rate a measure of national and local progress
- Overlapping risk factors for teenage pregnancy
Raising the Participation Age:
- From 2013 all 17 year olds in education, training or work based learning and all 18 year olds – until their 18th birthday - from 2015
Public Health Outcomes Framework:
- Under 18 conception rate and other indicators disproportionately affect teenage parents and their children
School Nurse Development Programme:
- New School Nurse Sexual Health Pathway
NICE Public Health Guidance on contraceptive services:
- Recommendation 8: Providing school and education-based contraceptive services
 Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange, Translating evidence into a ‘whole systems’ approach: ten factors for an effective local strategy, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, 2014.
Last updated Thursday, 20th October 2016