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Recent developments from government – Targeted Youth Support and Teenage Parents . Robert Drake, Department for Children, Schools and Families – Teenage Pregnancy Unit Brighton Youth Homelessness conference, 20 July 2007 . Machinery of Government changes . DfES DCSF DIUS.

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Recent developments from government targeted youth support and teenage parents

Recent developments from government – Targeted Youth Support and Teenage Parents

Robert Drake, Department for Children, Schools and Families – Teenage Pregnancy Unit

Brighton Youth Homelessness conference,

20 July 2007


Machinery of government changes

Machinery of Government changes Support and Teenage Parents

DfES

DCSF DIUS


Department for children schools and families
DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES Support and Teenage Parents

  • Schools Directorate [D-G, Ralph Tabberer]

  • Children and Families Directorate [D-G, Tom Jeffery]

  • Young People’s Directorate [Interim D-G, Lesley Longstone]

    • Supporting Children & Young People including Children in Care [Director – Anne Weinstock]

    • Respect Task Force (from Home Office)

    • 14-19 policy

      Higher and further education, adult skills and adult learner support to:

      Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills


Department for every child matters
Department for “Every Child Matters” Support and Teenage Parents

Key nationwide consultation launched towards a new Children’s Plan.

  • Three working groups will look at education and other services for children and young people - one for 0-7 year olds, one for 8-13 year olds and another for 14-19 year olds.

  • Age ranges different from usual pre-school, primary, secondary.

  • Announced by Ed Balls in his statement to Parliament 10 July and at NCB event on 18 July


Targeted youth support
Targeted youth support Support and Teenage Parents

DCSF Policies based on the principle of ‘progressive universalism’. That means:

  • Providing excellent services for all children, young people and families

  • and more support for those who need it most.

    So for all young people we will have Integrated Youth Support Services

    And for those that need it ‘targeted youth support’


Targeted youth services
Targeted youth services Support and Teenage Parents

  • Both for those at risk of poor outcomes e.g. offending, homelessness, pregnancy

  • And those who are already homeless, have offended, pregnant or young parents

    Thus homeless young people, pregnant teenagers and young parents would receive help from a lead professional

    Principles of this in Targeted Youth Support A guide. To beimplemented by Apr 2008

    SE region Pathfinder for TYS: Hampshire


Tys and youth homelessness
TYS and youth homelessness Support and Teenage Parents

  • Key task: Integrate developments on youth homelessness policy with TYS

  • Work with DCLG on strategy for youth homelessness : mediation, supported lodgings, b and b guarantee, Hills’ report recommendations

  • Guidance on co-operation between Children's Services and housing authorities – later this year


Refreshed teenage pregnancy support strategy
Refreshed Teenage Pregnancy Support Strategy Support and Teenage Parents

  • In 2006 DfES published Teenage Pregnancy Next Steps to help LAs/PCTs bring down under 18 conception rates based on what works

  • And “Teenage Pregnancy: accelerating the Strategy to 2006” on causes and actions that would help progress to bring down rates

  • Launched Teenage Parents Next Steps: Guidance for local authorities and PCTs yesterday. A refreshed support strategy


Existing targets for teenage parents
Existing targets for teenage parents Support and Teenage Parents

  • Increase proportion of mothers aged in EET to 60% by 2010 (currently @ 30%)

  • Ensure mothers under 18 in housing need are in accommodation with support by 2003 (only partially achieved)

  • But no physical or emotional health related target

  • No target for young fathers


Key areas covered in new next steps
Key areas covered in new Next Steps Support and Teenage Parents

What should be in place locally and nationally to improve:

  • Poor health outcomes for children of teenage mothers including ante-natal services

  • Poor emotional outcomes for teenage mothers

  • Poor labour market outcomes

  • Young fathers – improving support for them

  • Housing support for teenage parents


An illustration teenage births the health risks
An illustration: teenage births - the health risks Support and Teenage Parents

Increased risk of:

  • Low birth weight baby + 25%

  • Infant mortality + 60% [compared to mothers 20-39]

  • Postnatal depression – x 3 times

  • 50 % less likely to breastfeed

  • 3 times more likely to smoke


A new approach to housing support for teenage mothers
A new approach to housing support for teenage mothers Support and Teenage Parents

Will issue best practice guidance jointly with CLG on housing support for teenage parents. It will cover:

  • Accommodating teenage parents with high levels of need

  • Role of mediation helping mothers stay in family home – but only where possible, safe, desirable

  • Need to provide move-on accommodation

  • Importance of floating support

  • The Supporting People outcomes set – a useful monitoring tool for LAs and housing providers

  • Avoiding bed and breakfast for this group, even short term

  • Housing and other needs of young fathers

  • Contribution of voluntary sector

    Aim: to enable young mothers to develop key life skills and stay engaged with learning and employment


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