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									                                                       REPORT TO CABINET
                                                        15 April 2003

TITLE OF REPORT: Teenage Pregnancy & Parenting Partnership Board
                 Annual Report 2002/03

REPORT OF:            Steve Bramwell, Group Director, Community Based Services



                               EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Gateshead has received funding from the Department of Health’s Teenage
Pregnancy Unit. As part of the conditions of the grant, the Gateshead Teenage
Pregnancy & Parenting Partnership Board are required to submit an Annual Report
to the Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Unit.

The Cabinet is asked to agree the Annual Report for 2002/03 and the use of the
Teenage Pregnancy Unit grant for 2003/04 and the indicative allowance for
2004/06 to implement a programme of work.


       Policy Context

1.     Cabinet has previously agreed Gateshead’s ten-year Teenage Pregnancy
       Strategy. The aims of the Gateshead Teenage Pregnancy Strategy support
       the Council’s policy statement on Health set out in Beyond 2000.

       Consultation

2.     The draft Annual Report has been developed by the Teenage Pregnancy &
       Parenting Partnership Board, which has representatives from Gateshead
       Council, Gateshead PCT, Gateshead Health NHS Trust, Connexions and
       voluntary organisations. These partners agreed the Annual Report and
       support the use of funding to implement the proposed programme of work
       outlined.

       Implications

3.     The Annual Report (see Appendix 2) details the progress made in
       implementing the Strategy in the following areas:

          Local Data and Analysis
          Local Co-ordination arrangements
          Media & Communication
          Sex & Relationship Education
          Prevention – Contraception Advice and Information Services
          Support – Housing, Education, Employment, Training and Childcare




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4.     The Teenage Pregnancy Unit in the Department of Health have awarded a
       grant of £183,000 to Gateshead Council for initiatives aimed at preventing
       unintentional teenage pregnancy in 2003/04.

5.     In addition the Council receives an annual Sure Start Plus grant through the
       Health Action Zone of £20,000.

       Recommendations

6.     The Cabinet is asked to agree the Annual Report for 2002/03 and the use of
       the Teenage Pregnancy Unit grant for 2003/04 and the indicative allowance
       for 2004/06 to implement a programme of work.




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                                                                         APPENDIX 1

       Background

1.     In March 2001 the ten-year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy was submitted to
       the Department of Health Teenage Pregnancy Unit. The Strategy was
       assessed as satisfactory (there are two grades – satisfactory and
       unsatisfactory). Gateshead Cabinet agreed Gateshead’s Ten Year Teenage
       Pregnancy Strategy which has two main aims:

          To reduce under 18 conceptions by 15% by 2004 and 50% by 2010
          To reduce the risk of social exclusion experienced by teenage parents.

2.     A condition of receiving the grant from the Teenage Pregnancy Unit has been
       to submit an Annual Report. Reports submitted in March 2001 and March
       2002 have received the highest grading in both years. The Teenage
       Pregnancy Unit have commended the progress made by the Teenage
       Pregnancy and Parenting Partnership Board in implementing Gateshead’s
       Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.

3.     The main points in this year’s Annual Report are:

          The under 18 conception rate in Gateshead for 2001 fell by 26.9%to 42
           per thousand compared to 1998 rate of 57.5 per thousand
          The under 18 conception rate is now 0.7% below the rate for England
          Gateshead’s under 18 conception rate is 19.2 % lower than the rate for
           Tyne and Wear and is the lowest in Tyne and Wear
          The proportion of young women opting for continuation of pregnancy
           remains higher at 35% above the figures for England
          Gateshead continues to improve the standard of SRE delivered in both
           School and non school settings
          There are nine contraception and advice clinics specifically targeted at
           young people and attendances at these clinics has increased, particularly
           by young men
          There are now 23 supported housing units for pregnant young women and
           teenage mothers
          The use of ‘Standards Funding’ to employ a part time teacher has
           increased access for school age mothers to education
          A data base of school age mothers has been established
          Child care opportunities have been developed by Sure Start initiatives that
           have benefited teenage parents
          Work has been developed with young fathers
          A data base has been developed by the Sure Start Plus Young Mothers
           Outreach Worker of all young women who become pregnant and intend to
           continue with their pregnancy. All young women on the data base are
           contacted and offered support

       The draft Annual Report outlining the progress made and the barriers
       encountered in implementing the Strategy in 2002/03 is attached at
       Appendix 2.




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       Proposal

5.     That implementation of the teenage pregnancy strategy for 2003/06 continues
       on the same basis as that outlined in the Annual Report for 2002/03.

       Consultation

6.     The draft Annual Report has been developed by the Teenage Pregnancy &
       Parenting Partnership Board, which has representatives from Gateshead
       Council, Gateshead PCT, Gateshead Health NHS Trust, Connexions and
       voluntary organisations. These partners agreed the Annual Report and
       support the use of funding to implement the proposed programme of work
       outlined.

       Alternative Options

7.     An alternative option would be to terminate the programme and reduce levels
       of service which may lead to an increase in unintended and unwanted
       teenage conceptions and the wider implications of this.

       Implications of Recommended Option

8.     Financial Implications

       The Strategic Director of Finance and ICT confirms that there are no financial
       implications arising directly from this report.

9.     Staffing Implications

       Short-term contracts have led to recruitment and retention difficulties. The
       Teenage Pregnancy Unit have secured from the Treasury indicative
       allocations of at least 183K per year until March 2006. If continued funding is
       be agreed then contracts will be extended until 2006 which would offer
       stability to the implementation of the Strategy.

10.    Equal Opportunities Implications

       There are no equal opportunities implications arising from this report.

11.    Crime and Disorder Implications

       There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this report.

12.    Environmental Implications

       There are no environmental implications arising from this report.

13.    Human Rights Implications

       There are no human rights implications arising from this report.




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14.    Ward Implications

       Teenage Pregnancy interventions are targeted at the wards which fall into the
       worst 40% for under-18 conceptions in England. This has implications for the
       following Wards: Bede, Bensham, Birtley, Blaydon, Chopwell and Rowlands
       Gill, Chowdene, Crawcrook and Greenside, Deckham, Dunston, Felling, High
       Fell, Lamesley, Leam, Pelaw and Heworth, Ryton, Saltwell, Teams,
       Whickham North, Winlaton and Wrekendyke.

       Background Papers

12.    The following background papers have been used in preparing this report:

          Gateshead Teenage Pregnancy & Parenting Strategy 2000 – 2010
          Gateshead Teenage Pregnancy & Parenting Partnership – Annual Report
           2001 – 2002
          Gateshead Teenage Pregnancy & Parenting Partnership – Annual Report
           2002 – 2003 (in Draft)




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