Teenage pregnancy and sexual health
Overall, teenage pregnancy rates in North Yorkshire are lower than the national average but there are areas in the county where they are higher.
The majority of young people under 16 are not sexually active despite what their friends or the media might say. In North Yorkshire, 77% of young people under 16 are not sexually active, which means most young people choose to wait until they are older.
Support for pregnant teenagers
Support is available for young people who are pregnant. Schools should provide support during pregnancy and after the baby is born. This should aim to keep a young person in education and to return to full-time education as soon as possible after the birth, with childcare support. Pregnancy is not a reason for exclusion from school. Health and safety should not be used as a reason to prevent a pregnant pupil attending school.
No more than 18 calendar weeks' authorised absence is allowed to cover the period immediately before and after the birth. Absence for ante-natal classes, and if the baby is ill, should be classified as authorised.
Sexual health and relationships
All schools must have a policy on the topic of sex and relationships. All schools deliver sex and relationships education as part of the science curriculum and most do as part of the wider PSHE programme. Contact your child's school to find out what this involves. Good-quality sex and relationships education has a protective function as young people who rated it well were more likely to choose to start having sex later, and were more likely to use condoms and contraception if they did have sex. See an overview of what to expect.
Find details of sexual health services for young people in North Yorkshire and the location and opening times of contraception and sexual health services.