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In the 21st century, the topics of teenage pregnancy continue to provoke the attention in British policy, researchers and media. According to Tony Blair, teenage mothers are more prone to leaving school early, not attain a good paying job, end up as a single parent and raising their children in poverty (SEU, 1999). The exacerbating records have encouraged the constant attention in appraising the long-term socioeconomic effects of teenage parenthood. This essay will focus on the prevention side of policy response to teenage pregnancy. Firstly, the essay will discuss locality on how facilities provided to prevent young pregnancies are unutilized by adolescents. It will then elaborate on the 3 risk factors of teenage pregnancy and weigh the pros and cons of policies overcoming them. It will then stress on the importance of the involvement of parents in acknowledging and monitoring their teenage children’s sex life. Next, it will elaborate on the positive side of teenage pregnancy, the significance of participation in order to make policies work and lastly, cover on unexpected circumstances of teenage pregnancy. Although this is not a newfound worry (Greenough et al, 1987), the contemporary renaissance of concentration in teenage pregnancy and parenthood bloomed since the formation of Teenage Pregnancy Unit in 1999. This was formed in order to implement the Social Exclusion Unit’s (SEU) Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) that has two intentions, which are to reduce the rate of conception and increasing their involvement rate in education, training and employment (TPU, 2000; Ferriman, 1999). Locality of where teenage pregnancy rates are high is the main focus of TPS as it is realised that there are different rates of under 18s contracep... ... middle of paper ... ...with teenage pregnancy being directly associated with poverty (TPIAG, 2010; Warren, 1995) and to undertake such a big problem in ten years is inadequate. Duncan (2005) describes this malfunction as a ‘rationality mistake’ as it puts too much concentration on cost-benefit tactics on education and the outcomes it can bring. To support this argument, even though education is expected to be a vital appliance as the deliberation of perpetual burden from teenage pregnancy, it needs to be taken into account that usually imperative choices made by young people regarding schooling are likely to take place simultaneously or before the pronouncement of pregnancy was pondered (Goodman et al., 2004). In addition, the essential issues on class and disadvantaged were barely tackled by TPS (Arai, 2003) and this is deemed problematic especially with recent budget cuts being made.

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