A significant number of looked after children and care leavers become pregnant while they are supported by the local authority, with 20% of Calderdale’s looked after children’s children being taken into care. A lack of understanding of good parenting and safe families combined with multiple dispersed support services cause confusion and risk to the outcomes for young parents. Additionally, there is a high public cost through repeat and increasing demands on services.
Our innovative solution ‘Positive Choices’ will develop a programme to support up to 50 young people over two years, focusing on those at high risk of removal and older care leavers. Our programme will provide support from early, intensive intervention when a viable pregnancy is confirmed through to becoming successful parents where a child has previously been removed. Furthermore we aim to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies that stands at approx. 70 per year and reducing the number of children being taken into care. This will be achieved through enabling a simple single point of access to essential support.
Together Housing Association, Job Centre Plus, Prospects Service (commissioned care leaver service), The WomenCentre Ltd