Girls of 13 given birth control jab at school without parents’ knowledge

Girls of 13 given birth control jab at school without parents’ knowledge – Telegraph

Schoolgirls as young as 13 are being given contraceptive injections and
implants during lunch-breaks without their parents’ knowledge.

 

Girls of 13 given birth control jab at school without parents’ knowledge

 

The implants, which prevent pregnancy for up to three years by releasing hormones into the blood, are inserted into girls’ arms Photo: ALAMY

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School nurses have given implants or jabs to girls aged between 13 and 16 more
than 900 times in the past two years, a survey by The Daily Telegraph has
found. Girls aged 13 have been given contraceptive jabs and implants on more
than 20 occasions.

A further 7,400 girls aged 15 and under have been given contraceptive
injections or implants at family planning clinics.

Under the patient confidentiality rules, nurses are banned from seeking the
permission of parents beforehand, or even informing them afterwards, without
the pupil’s permission.

Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, said: “I think that sexual
intercourse is the very highest and most mature spiritual relationship that
can exist between two human beings.

“Anything that trivialises or treats it as something mundane or easy,
particularly for young people, is damaging their ability to grow up and to
properly form a loving lasting relationship. It devalues sex, it makes it
like an ordinary, everyday thing like going to have a McDonald’s.”

Dr Peter Saunders, chief executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said
sex under the age of 16 was illegal and “to facilitate such behaviour behind
parents’ backs is unprofessional, irresponsible and morally wrong”.

The implants, which prevent pregnancy for up to three years by releasing
hormones into the blood, are inserted into girls’ arms. The injections are
effective for up to three months.

Earlier this year, parents in Southampton were furious after discovering that
implants were being offered to their children.

A survey by The Daily Telegraph using Freedom of Information laws has now
found that implants and contraceptive jabs are being offered in schools in
Bristol, Northumbria, Peterborough, Co Durham, the West Midlands and
Berkshire.

The number of girls given implants and jabs is likely to be higher as many
trusts claimed they did not keep records or said releasing information would
breach patient confidentiality.

In Bristol, which has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the
country, contraceptive jabs have been given to schoolgirls aged between 13
and 16 on 430 occasions in the past two years.

Schoolgirls aged 13 have been given the jabs 19 times, 14-year-olds 129 times,
15-year-olds 190 times and 16-year-olds 92 times.

The jabs are offered at drop-in sexual health clinics, called 4YP Bristol, in
16 secondary schools and colleges.

A spokesman for NHS Bristol, which oversees the scheme, said there was no
requirement for either nurses or pupils to seek parent’s permission “due to
the confidentiality of the service”.

In Northumbria, schoolgirls aged 13 have been given jabs three times,
14-year-olds 40 times, 15-year-olds 142 times and 16-year-olds 144 times.

Co Durham and Darlington NHS Trust said that up to 20 girls aged 15 and 16 had
been fitted with contraceptive implants in schools.

Nurses have given contraceptive jabs to 14-year-old girls on up to 10
occasions, 15-year-old girls up to 37 times and 16-year-old girls more than
60 times.

The Heart of England NHS trust in the West Midlands has given contraceptive
injections to eight 15-year-old girls, while around 15 girls aged 14 and 15
have been given the injections in Peterborough.

Contraceptive injections have also been given to schoolgirls in Berkshire.

In Southampton, 33 schoolgirls were fitted with contraceptive implants under a
scheme administered by Solent NHS trust. Thousands of schoolgirls are also
given contraceptive jabs and injections in family planning clinics.

  

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Although teenage pregnancy rates in Britain have fallen to their lowest level
since 1969, they are around twice as high as those in France and Germany and
five times the rate in the Netherlands.

Dr Phillip Lee, Conservative MP for Bracknell and a GP, said he was concerned
that it could lead to greater promiscuity and sexually transmitted
infections. “I’m prepared to accept it [contraceptive implants and jabs in
schools] but only if it reduces teenage pregnancy rates,” he said.

Dr Dan Poulter, the health minister, said: “Young people under the age of 16
are legally able to access contraceptive and sexual health services and any
advice given will be kept confidential. However, the health professional
must always encourage a young person to talk to their parents about their
sexual health.”

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