Uni gives Texans advice on teen pregnancies and sexual health

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Students from Texas State University visited the University of Bedfordshire to hear the latest research on teen pregnancy, sex and relationships and young people’s sexual health.

The American students, who are on an international study tour heard about the work being carried out by academics in this field in Bedfordshire.

The tour was organised by David Wiley, professor of health and education at the department of health and human performance.

He said: “The session was so important to understanding how a country could adopt a teen pregnancy prevention scheme. In the US, there is no real national strategy for addressing teen pregnancy prevention and my students were amazed that such an animal existed.”

The students spent half a day with Alison Hadley, director of the university’s Teen Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange. During this part of the visit they heard about the success of the teen pregnancy strategy in England.

They also spoke with Emma Rigby, from the Association for Young People’s Health, who explained about a project which works with young people affected by child sexual exploitation.

And the event was such a success that Mr Wiley hopes to do it all over again next year.

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