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Teenage Pregnancy Advice

There are range of services and support available for young people relating to pregnancy and supporting young parents. Below are the links to enable a young person to access local services and information for health, education, benefit entitlements, childcare and support together with national help lines and websites where appropriate.

If you think you, or someone in your family might benefit from any service provided by Social Services and you would like us to contact you by phone or email, please click the following link and complete the Social Services Contact Us/Self Referral Online Form and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Emergency contraception

A number of local sexual health clinics listed below offer free emergency contraception - as well as confidential advice, support and other forms of contraception.

  • St Marks Hospital, Maidenhead in Outpatients every Thursday afternoon from 3.30-5.30pm - Speakeasy - a young people's drop in sexual health clinic for those aged 18 and under
  • St Marks Hospital, Maidenhead in Outpatients every Thursday from 5.30-7pm - a drop in sexual health clinic for all ages
  • Windsor King Edward VII Hospital (Main Entrance) Tuesday 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Drop in sexual health clinic for those aged 18 years and under
  • Slough Garden Clinic, Upton Hospital - tel 01753 635302 for details or Speakeasy - a young people's drop in sexual health clinic for those aged 18 and under Wednesdays 3.30 -5.30pm
  • Bracknell, Skimped Hill Medical Centre - tel 01344 458118 for details or Speakeasy - a young people's drop in sexual health clinic for those aged 18 and under Thursdays 3.30-5.30pm

Free Emergency Hormonal Contraception available to under 18s at all clinics or Slough NHS Walk in Centre : 08.00 - 20.00 Monday - Sunday : 01753 635505

Many local pharmacists offer free emergency contraception for under 18's - to check participating pharmacists phone before you visit or contact NHS Direct tel: 0845 4647 or look it up on www.ruthinking.co.uk

Emergency contraception can also be accessed free from your GP

National helplines that might be useful are:

What to do if you think you might be pregnant

Accurate pregnancy tests can be purchased from chemists. If you believe that you might be pregnant you would be recommended to visit your GP or practice nurse for advice and support. If you feel this is not appropriate you might contact the Garden Clinic (01753 635302) or speak to a school nurse (01753 636799 or 01753 638441) or health visitor (01753 638431 or 01753 636500).

  • Counselling services are available for young people in Maidenhead at No.22 Counselling Centre (01628 636661) or Youth Talk in Windsor (01753 842444)
  • Childline offer young people a free national 24 hour help, advice and support service (0800 1111)
  • Parents of teenagers can contact the free helpline Parentline (0808 800 2222)

Supporting Young Parents

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is committed to supporting and encouraging young parents to continue with education or training during pregnancy and after the birth. Agencies including the midwifery and health visiting team, Family Nurse Partnership, school/college, Education Welfare Team, Housing team, Children's Centres and the Directions team work together to offer the support needed.

To find out more contact : Family Information Services 01628 685632

Information on your rights and benefits can be obtained from Maternity Action : 0845 6008533 : http://www.maternityaction.org.uk/index.html

The Young Woman's Guide to Pregnancy is written specifically for women under the age of 20 and includes the real pregnancy experiences of young mums. It is produced by the charity Tommy's and is available free to 16-19 year olds through the Tommy's website - www.tommys.org

Care to Learn Scheme

Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare and related travel costs while you are learning (up to a maximum of £160 per child per week) if you are:

  • Caring for your own child or children
  • Under 20 years old on the day your course or learning programme begins
  • Live in England and be either a British citizen or a national or another country within the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Your course is in school, sixth form, sixth form college, other colleges and learning providers, including Foundation Learning plus courses in your community, for example at Children's Centres
  • Use registered childcare

Young parents can choose their preferred childcare as long as it is OFSTED registered. Care to Learn is not means tested and has no direct effect on a families benefit entitlement.

To find out more about Care to Learn or to request an application pack contact the Learner Support helpline on 0800 121 8989 or to discuss the childcare options that might suit you contact the Family Information Service on 01628 685632.

Opportunities for Young Parents to meet

In Maidenhead, re:charge in King Street (near the market and Methodist church) offers the opportunity to meet other young parents and join in activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3 pm. Please contact Hannah for details on 01628 789845 or just call in.

Children's Centres provide an opportunity for parents to get together - for further information please contact them on 01628

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Modified: 2015-08-14
Published: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:49:30
Author: Allison Helyer
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