Parenthood isn’t something all teenagers have to think about, but for those that do, Coram is here to help.
Find out more about our innovative projects for young people aimed at raising awareness of the impact of becoming pregnant as well as supporting those that do become parents.
Young Parenthood programme
The Innovations Project is a peer-to-peer education scheme running in Camden and Islington schools for pupils aged 12-19 years.
It’s made me think –
the first-hand knowledge
of what it is actually like
to be a young parent.
Better than just being
told facts – pupil,
La Santa Union School
Young parents involved with the project visit schools and talk candidly to pupils about the impact of having a child while young. They describe their journeys and raise awareness of the realities of becoming pregnant and having a child at a young age. This includes how becoming a parent has had an impact on their social lives, financial situation, housing and relationships.
The school programme is interactive and gives the pupils a chance to discuss issues around sexual health, relationships, consent and also to think about the choices they make.
What the programme involves
The programme matches PSHE delivery requirements for schools, and makes this a popular choice as an addition for pregnancy and sexual health lessons. However, the programme can also be run in other settings such as young people's hostels and other organisations.
Sessions last 50 mins to one hour and can be delivered in one go or divided into two or three slots. They include:
- young parents' discussion,
- sexual health quiz,
- group scenarios and reflections.
The school programme has been running since 2014 in five secondary schools in the London boroughs of Camden and Islington and reached over 800 pupils. The average age of pupils is 15 years, although the programme is also suitable for slightly younger and older pupils.
After secondary school students asttended PSHE sessions run by a peer educator, 95% had a better understanding of what it would be like to have a baby, and 84% said they preferred learning about sex and relationships from young people.
Commission our services
If you work with young people and want to commission our programme, please contact Claire Everest, Young Parenthood programme project lead, for more information about availability and costs. You can also read our Innovations Project interim project summary report here.
"Brilliant! The honest and real life responses were needed."– a teacher. at Haverstock School in Camden.
Become a Young Parenthood programme facilitator
If you are a young parent and would like to get involved with the Young Parenthood programme as a facilitator, going in to schools to talk about your experiences, please contact the project lead, Claire Everest.
Art and music for young parents
Previous projects have focused on encouraging young parents aged 13 to 25 to attend art and music workshops where they can deal with difficult emotions by challenging feelings of loss, low self-worth and lack of ability. This helps them to balance parenthood with their own needs and create better chances for their children.
In all, 92% of parents we supported report positive results (Coram Group Impact Summary 2013/14).
For more information, contact us on 020 7520 0300 or at [email protected]