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When children become parentsWelfare state responses to teenage pregnancy$
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Anne Daguerre and Corinne Nativel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346780

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.001.0001

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Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England

Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England

Chapter:
(p.67) Four Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England
Source:
When children become parents
Author(s):

Anne Daguerre

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.003.0004

This chapter focuses on England within the four individual countries that compose the UK. The first section of this chapter identifies the reasons why teenage pregnancy has been constructed as a social problem since the 1970s. In the second section, policy developments and debates with regard to teenage pregnancy in the period 1980–2004 are discussed; it is shown here that Labour's return to power in 1997 enabled the emergence of a more progressive agenda for teenage parents. The third section argues that the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy lacks some strategic coherence as a result of the great deal of political unease regarding two controversial issues: sex education and social disadvantage. The fourth section provides an assessment of the teenage pregnancy strategy, whereas the fifth section identifies the lack of political ambition to tackle social and educational disadvantage as the main impediment for substantially reducing teenage pregnancy.

Keywords:   England, social policy, sex education, social welfare, adolescents, teenage pregnancy

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