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Primary children get sex warning.

PRIMARY school children are to be warned of the dangers of casual sex to help curb a shock rise in teen mothers.

Parents will be encouraged to chat to kids about relationships at an early age.

Under plans to be unveiled today, the Government will also target secondary schools to warn of the dangers and responsibilities of pregnancy.

Tony Blair has ordered ministers to give top priority to halving the number of gymslip mums.

Teenage fathers will be told they can no longer walk away from their a child leaving the girl to take care of the baby.

The Child Support Agency will track their movements and maintenance cash will be deducted from their first pay cheques.

The moves are part of a 30-point plan to reverse the rise in the number of unmarried teenage mums.

Britain now has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Europe.

In 1997, 90,000 teenage girls became pregnant - including 8,000 under 16 and 2,200 under 14.

Public health minister Tessa Jowell said: "No child ever got pregnant from knowing about sex."

Boys will be warned that fatherhood is a responsibility for life.

Head teachers will now be told not to exclude girls who become pregnant and to keep school places open for them to return 18 weeks after the birth.

Councils will be obliged to fund childcare for their children as the girls complete their full-time education.

A network of hostels will also be set up for single mothers who are struggling to look after their babies and have no-one to turn to for help.
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Author:Hardy, James
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 1999
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