UK: Young mothers missing out on training

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A report by the Bernardo’s children’s charity, shows that pregnant teenagers are missing out on school and training with a resulting negative impact on their employability, even though it appears that there are measures to support them. Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions show that in 2008, some 70% of young mothers were not in education, employment or training (NEETS).
Different causes for these young mothers leaving school were cited by the charity, including schools having baseless health fears; the mothers failing to receive support and a lack of flexibility in schools; and some education authorities not providing home tuition or alternative teaching arrangements.
Of the four countires which constitute the UK, Wales was deemed to provide the least childcare support, with 84% of young mothers there being NEETS.
Things are due to change in England though in 2015, when a new law will make education and training mandatory until the age of 18, even for the 20 000 who become mothers every year.
Source: bbc.co.uk/15.03.2010

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