The ‘Healthy Child Programme’ (see Section 2.7.2) recommends that all young people should be reminded of the continuing risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and access to condoms should be promoted. Information about local services should be provided to young people through personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. 4

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods do not rely on user-dependence and protection is maintained for a long time. NICE therefore recommends increasing the uptake of LARC to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. 5

NICE recommends that GPs, nurses and other clinicians should provide targeted prevention to vulnerable young people under 18 years of age.B  6 This could involve one-to-one sexual health advice on how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, methods of reversible contraception or how to get and use emergency contraception.

 

Notes

  1. Vulnerable’ includes those from disadvantaged backgrounds (such as living in a deprived area, from a minority ethnic group, refugees, asylum seekers, those excluded from school, NEET (not in education, employment or training), homeless, living with mental health problems, or criminal offenders, those leaving care or those with low educational attainment.
  2. Vulnerable’ includes those from disadvantaged backgrounds (such as living in a deprived area, from a minority ethnic group, refugees, asylum seekers, those excluded from school, NEET (not in education, employment or training), homeless, living with mental health problems, or criminal offenders, those leaving care or those with low educational attainment.

References

  1. “Healthy Child Programme: From 5-19 years old,” Department of Health; Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2009.
  2. “Long-acting reversible contraception [CG 30],” National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2005.
  3. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, “Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention – PH3,” February 2007. [Online]. Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph3. [Accessed 20 October 2016].
  4. “Healthy Child Programme: From 5-19 years old,” Department of Health; Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2009.
  5. “Long-acting reversible contraception [CG 30],” National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2005.
  6. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, “Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention – PH3,” February 2007. [Online]. Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph3. [Accessed 20 October 2016].