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Teenage pregnancy and substance misuse

We prioritise the reduction of both teenage pregnancy and substance misuse across Merton, to ensure that reductions that have been made nationally are sustained locally.

Our local joint strategy adapts the teenage pregnancy model of delivery of effective prevention and support interventions, to reduce both teenage pregnancy and substance misuse, and to support those who are affected; the participation of young people is key to this. Click on the diagram or link below to view the range of approaches that we take: Teenage Pregnancy and Substance Misuse Partnership Board Delivery model

Young people's participation

The Merton Teenage Pregnancy and Substance Misuse Partnership Board upholds the Merton Participation Promise by ensuring that young people are encouraged to participate across all areas of the strategy and related services. Merton Young Inspectors, for example, have devised their own charter for the delivery of Sex and Relationships and Drug and Alcohol Education:

Merton Young Inspectors - Our Charter for Good Sex and Relationship Education and Drug an Alcohol Education 

Information for practitioners

Practitioners concerned about a young person’s substance misuse or supporting young parents or parents to be, should follow the links below:

London Borough of Merton referral pathway for pregnant teenagers and teenage parents aged 19 and under

Merton Young Person's Substance Misuse Integrated model

Supporting Pregnant Teenagers and Young Parents in Education - Guidance for Education Settings 

Guidance for Schools

We have produced guidance for Merton schools to clarify what they are required and expected to deliver in Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and Drug and Alcohol Education (DAE), within the context of their PSHE curriculum:

Sex and Relationships Education and Drug and Alcohol Education

Guidance for young people

Getting it On website

Safeguarding concerns about a child or young person

Please contact Merton Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub.

Contact us

For information regarding the strategy or for promotional resources please contact:

Commissioning Manager
Children, Schools and Families
10th Floor
London Borough of Merton
Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3732