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Peer Educators lead the way: How London Borough of Lambeth lowered teenage pregnancy rates and improved sex education

Introduction

In 2002 the London Borough of Lambeth – population 270,000 -  had one of the highest levels of teenage pregnancy in Britain.  A group of young people who were members of Lambeth’s Youth Council decided that they wanted to do something practical to address teenage pregnancy and improve sex education in schools. They were sure that they could be much more effective in getting messages across to their peers than an adult.

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Groups of young people aged 14 to 19 have been trained in each of the last eight years as peer educators and have led hundreds of workshops in local schools and colleges. The workshops have been very well received by students and staff, Rates of teenage pregnancy have been falling steadily, and the peer educators have developed valuable skills and confidence.

 

* This case study has been updated in March 2011.

About this case study
Main Contact

John Tatam
Governance
International

email:
john.tatam@govint.org

Andrea Legal-Miller
Youth Education Co-ordinator,
Lambeth Youth Council

email:
alegal_miller@hotmail.com

 

Governance International Associate John Tatam provided Governance International with this case study on 9 July 2010.

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