Young parents who leave school early often face greater hardship and poverty than young people who complete their education. In particular, young mothers may experience social isolation, a higher than average likelihood of a second pregnancy during their teenage years, a higher risk of involvement in unstable and violent relationships, and poorer than average outcomes for their children in terms of health, welfare and educational achievement.
One of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of negative outcomes is to support pregnant young women and young parents to remain connected to learning. By working together, schools, parents/carers and students determine a plan for supporting the pregnant or parenting young person to continue their education.
A number of resources are also available that may assist schools to support pregnant and parenting students.
This page was last reviewed on 12 Apr 2011