19 January 2018

The Impact of Pregnancy and Parenting on Teens and Young People

This is a submission from Kids Helpline to the National Children's Commissioner inquiry into teen pregnancy and young parenthood. It uses qualitative and quantitative data from the Kids Helpline and Parentline databases and from an interview study of practitioners from yourtown services with pregnant teens or young parents as clients. It presents a series of recommendations addressing the Children's Commissioner central issues involving identifying early interventions to decrease the risk profile and trajectory of young parents, parents to be and their children; early inventions to improve young parents' skills in providing safe and effective parenting and early interventions which increase their likelihood of becoming economically secure.