Thanks to partnership working, Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust have seen a drop in teenage pregnancy in the area and are encouraging more teenagers in Lancashire to make positive choices about their sexual health.
The Contraception and Sexual Health Team (CaSH) at the Trust are encouraging residents in Lancashire who are 18 and under to make the right choices for them about how and when they get pregnant. The teams work together and provide a platform to discuss what these choices might be with the young people who need support. They don’t just provide contraception and clinics; they offer education and information by working in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, school nurses, social services and many more organisations, to ensure they are reaching the right people in the community.
Sue Roscow, Community Sexual Health Development Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Said:
"We work with partner agencies to support young people and there is a very strong history of such partnerships in East Lancashire leading to successful reductions in both the under 16s and under 18s conceptions rates. We aim to promote a positive attitude towards sexual health through workshops and manuals, and adapt our workshops to suit each school and age group. Teenage pregnancy rates are now at an all-time low, with a 57% decrease since 1998 thanks to these partnerships and that is something we need to be sharing!"
The CaSH Team provides modern, innovative and well received workshops to partner agencies and organisations. They have recently expanded this work into high schools for students and pupils. To get in touch with the team for more information please ring 01282 628653.