Mostly today oive been thinkin bout Teenage Pregancy! I ended up at the Governments strategic plan and it set me thinking, so for what it’s worth I copy it here and I’ve added to it (the yellow bits) with my thoughts.
It’s really a societal issue (it seems to me) that seems to have de-valued sex to an on demand recreational pursuit rather than a highly valued bond and expression of love, trust and commitment. I think many young people suffer enormous emotional hurt (and worse) because of a sex obsessed society that also lacks the ability to explore and COMMUNICATE to young people what sex isn’t and very importantly what sex is.
Anyway, here’s my yellow grafitti on the governemt plan. Not claiming to have all the answers or to have got it right BUT firmly believing that youth ministers can have a prophetic voice in the area of sexuality …. as well as having the frankness and humour needed to help young people explore their attitude to themselves and sex.
Local teenage pregnancy coordinators in each local authority coordinate the delivery of local strategies, drawing on support from a wide range of local partner agencies and MUST include the voluntary/faith sector
Targeted on independent radio and teenage magazines, backed up by a dedicated ‘Sexwise’ helpline and RUThinking website. 1. Media campaign aimed at Parents backed with resources/training that help parents to be able to discuss sex with their children.
2. A serious look at media potrayals of casual sex relationships
3. Promoting a higher view of sex not inadvertently promoting the idea to young people that sex is for every relationship and that losing virginity is a rite of passage out of childhood.
Improving sex and relationships education, and access to contraception and sexual health advice services. 1. More work on self esteem that enables young people to value themselves as spiritual, emotional, valued people and allows them the strength/space to make decisions (in advance).
2. More youth work/informal education in schools and investment in young people not being excluded but included in the school community.