Best Start Resource Centre is pleased to release a new report titled Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Exploring Out-of-school Approaches. It is a companion document to Update Report on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, released in 2007. Both reports were developed collaboratively by the Best Start Resource Centre and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada. These teen pregnancy prevention reports are available in print as well as online at http://www.beststart.org/resources/rep_health/index.html.
This new report presents the most recent evidence, perspectives and strategies related to out-of-classroom approaches to teen pregnancy prevention. It includes a review of historical perspectives on teen pregnancy, explores assumptions that are made about teen pregnancy, the links to poverty and inequity, theoretical approaches, and provides examples of out-of-school teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. The information in this report will be useful to service providers who have the opportunity to influence the underlying factors for teen pregnancy in their community, for example teachers, public health, social services, health care providers and community coalitions. It will assist in assessing and enhancing existing initiatives as well as in considering additional complementary approaches.