Relationships, sexual health and teenage pregnancy

A guide for practitioners

Risk taking behaviours are a normal part of growing up provided their potential harm can be prevented or reduced. In terms of policy development in the UK, risky behaviour tends to refer to behaviours such as drug, alcohol and tobacco use, underage sex and unprotected sexual activity, although there are many other behaviours that can be defined as risky.

The 'risk factors' for substance misuse overlap with those for educational under-achievement, young parenthood, sexual risk taking and adolescent mental health problems, therefore action to address these risks and to increase levels of protection can help prevent a range of negative outcomes.

The aims of the City of York Risk and Resilience Strategy are to:

  • Reduce the number of unwanted teenage conceptions and maintain a downward trend;
  • Enable young people to make positive choices with regard to the relationships they have, their social and emoptional well-being and sexual health;
  • Increase the number of teenage parents in education, employment and training;
  • Reduce the number of young peoplemisusing drugs and alcohol and ensure young people who do, have the support to enable them to stop.

This section offers information for practitioners working around the issue of relationships, sexual health and teenage pregnancy.

Teenage pregnancy conception data received February 2013 referring to 2011 indicates a continuing decline in teenage conceptions in the city. The 2011 rate being 25.3 per thousand females aged 15-17. This is currently below both the England and regional rates.

Data, information and research relating to national initiatives to reduce teenage pregnancy can be found at teenage pregnancy

Useful links

Find out about lots of useful websites and organisations that can support work around teenage pregnancy, relationship and sexual health.

Downloads and resources

Information about the Risk and Resilience Strategy, guidance, research and details of upcoming training.


Please contact the Workforce Development Unit on 01904 553017 or email for more information.

Information on support for teenage parents is available in the Family Support and Parenting section .

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