Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
When children become parentsWelfare state responses to teenage pregnancy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM POLICY PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.policypress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Policy Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PPSO for personal use.date: 30 July 2021

Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England

Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England

(p.67) Four Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England
When children become parents

Anne Daguerre

Policy Press

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

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.