Young parenthood programme
The Young Parenthood programme is a peer-to-peer education scheme running in Camden and Islington schools for pupils aged 12-19 years.
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.
It’s made me think and given me the first-hand knowledge of what it is actually like to be a young parent. It's better than just being told facts – Pupil, La Santa Union School
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 attended 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.
"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.