Bromford Support has massive impact on teenage parents
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Following the latest announcement that rates of teenage pregnancy are the lowest they've been for 40 years, Bromford Support has released new data showing how it is helping to change lives of teenage parents.
Bromford Support, the largest provider of accommodation and support services for teenage parents nationally, works with around 600 teenage parents every year. Latest analysis shows that Bromford's support to young families who needed help to maximise their income rose to 98% in 2011 from 70% in 2009. Of those customers who wanted to access paid work, Bromford supported 56% to secure employment in 2011 compared to 43% helped into work during 2009. It also supports many of the teenage parents it works with to access education and the number attaining qualifications has more than doubled from 23% in 2009 to 54% in 2011.
The data highlights that year on year, young parents identify their key support needs in the areas of money management, independent living, education and training, together with exercising choice and control over their lives.
Bromford helped one 17 year old customer piece her life back together following concerns about her and her young childs safety from a violent ex-partner. Bromford have helped her to not only maintain her tenancy and live debt free, but to also find a job and finish her education, which she had previously abandoned.
Wendy Stephens, Head of Bromford Support, said: "Bromford Support continues to deliver excellent services for teenage parents. Teenage parents face a whole range of challenges and enter our services with many and varied support needs. This latest data highlights, once again, the way in which Bromford Support services not only make a real difference for customers but that outcomes just get better and better."
Bromford Support believes that services designed to meet the needs of young families continue to be relevant. Wendy continued: "Children of teenage parents have a 63% increased risk of living in poverty compared to children born to mothers in their twenties. As the coalition Government has stated, poverty is about more than income, it is about lack of opportunity, aspiration and stability -which is exactly what our services work to address."